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Cellist Matt Haimovitz Redefines Classical Music

Aliso Viejo, CA – Matt Haimovitz puts a new spin on classical music during two concerts at Soka Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 3 p.m. Single tickets are $40 for adults; and $32 for students, seniors and active military families. Discounts include tickets for groups of 10 or more for $31 each, and two-show packages for $60 per person. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

Renowned as a musical pioneer, Haimovitz has inspired classical music lovers and countless new listeners by bringing his artistry to any place he can bring his cello. Haimovitz brings a fresh ear to a familiar repertoire, champions new music, initiates groundbreaking collaborations and creates innovative recording projects for Oxingale Records. The program over two performances will be Bach’s Six Suites for Cello, plus overtures to Bach written by the contemporary composers Phillip Glass, Du Yun, Vijay Iyer, Roberto Sierra, David Sanford and Luna Pearl Woolf. Regarding Haimovitz’s newly released recording “Overtures to Bach,” Strings Magazine said, “Haimovitz plays the new and old works brilliantly. His rhythm is flowing and flexible, his virtuosity transcendent, his tone ascetically beautiful. This project breathes new life and inspiration into time-honored classics.”

The solo cello recital is a Haimovitz trademark, both inside and outside the concert hall. In 2000, he made waves with his Bach Listening-Room Tour, for which he took Bach’s beloved cello suites out into the clubs across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Haimovitz studied at the Collegiate School in New York, and at the Juilliard School in the final class of Leonard Rose, after which he continued his cello studies with Ronald Leonard and Yo-Yo Ma. In 1996, he received a bachelor of arts magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard University. Haimovitz plays a Venetian cello, made in 1710 by Matteo Gofriller.

Haimovitz made his debut in 1984, at the age of 13, as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. At 17 he made his first recording with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for Deutsche Grammophon. He has gone on to perform on the world’s most esteemed stages, with such orchestras and conductors as the Berlin Philharmonic with James Levine, the New York Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, the English Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra with Kent Nagano.