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Matt Haimovitz: Bio

Renowned as a musical pioneer, cellist Matt Haimovitz has inspired classical music lovers and countless new listeners by bringing his artistry to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals and intimate coffee houses, any place where passionate music can be heard. He brings a fresh ear to familiar repertoire, champions new music and initiates groundbreaking collaborations as well as creating innovative recording projects for Oxingale Records. He has a tireless touring schedule as well all while mentoring an award-winning studio of young cellists at McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montreal.  Through his visionary approach, Haimovitz is redefining what it means to be an artist for the 21st century.

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.  Haimovitz has since gone on to perform on the world's most esteemed stages, with such orchestras and conductors as the Berlin Philharmonic with Levine, the New York Philharmonic with Mehta, the English Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra with Kent Nagano. Haimovitz made his Carnegie Hall debut when he substituted for his teacher, the legendary Leonard Rose, in Schubert's String Quintet in C, alongside Isaac Stern, Shlomo Mintz, Pinchas Zukerman and Mstislav Rostropovich.

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, to great acclaim, Haimovitz took Bach's beloved cello suites out of the concert hall and into clubs across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Haimovitz's 50-state Anthem tour in 2003 celebrated living American composers, and featured his own arrangement of Jimi Hendrix's "Star-Spangled Banner." He was the first classical artist to play at New York's infamous CBGB club, in a performance filmed by ABC News for "Nightline UpClose."

Haimovitz's recording career encompasses more than 20 years of award-winning work on Deutche Grammophon and his own Oxingale Records, the trailblazing independent label he founded with composer/producer Luna Pearl Woolf. Two recent Oxingale albums have been nominated for Juno Awards and the latest release Meeting of the Spirits was nominated for a GRAMMY® for Best Classical Crossover Album and won a GRAMMY® for Best Producer of the Year (Classical).

Matt Haimovitz's 2011/12 season features the world premiere of Philip Glass' Cello Concerto No. 2 in Spring 2012 and a major North American tour and new recording with pianist Christopher O'Riley, Shuffle.Play.Listen, blurring the boundaries between Classical and Pop with music by Stravinsky, Radiohead, Janacek, Arcade Fire, Bernard Herrmann, Mahavishnu, among others. A live recording of Schumann's Cello Concerto with Gregory Nowak and the Orchestre de Bretagne is scheduled for release in fall 2011 as is a recording of Ligeti's Cello Concerto with Denys Bouliane and the Contemporary Music Ensemble of McGill University. Ongoing collaborations include a series of concerto commissions with Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony, string quartets with Mark O'Connor, Ida Kavafian, and Paul Neubauer, and chamber music with Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Michael Tree, David Krakauer, and hip-hop klezmer producer Socalled.

In 2006, Haimovitz received the Concert Music Award from ASCAP for his advocacy of living composers and pioneering spirit, and in 2004, the American Music Center awarded Haimovitz the Trailblazer Award, for his far-reaching contributions to American music. Born in Israel, Haimovitz has also been honored with the Avery Fisher Career Grant (1986), the Grand Prix du Disque (1991), the Diapason d'Or (1991) and he is the first cellist ever to receive the prestigious Premio Internazionale "Accademia Musicale Chigiana" (1999). 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 B.A. magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard University. Matt Haimovitz plays a Venetian cello, made in 1710 by Matteo Gofriller.

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The Bach Cello Suites According to Anna Magdalena

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1 Suite I in G Major, BWV 1007 - Prelude  
2 Suite I in G Major, BWV 1007 - Allemande  
3 Suite I in G Major, BWV 1007 - Courante  
4 Suite I in G Major, BWV 1007 - Sarabande  
5 Suite I in G Major, BWV 1007 - Menuet I & II  
6 Suite I in G Major, BWV 1007 - Gigue  
7 Suite II in D Minor, BWV 1008 - Prelude  
8 Suite II in D Minor, BWV 1008 - Allemande  
9 Suite II in D Minor, BWV 1008 - Courante  
10 Suite II in D Minor, BWV 1008 - Sarabande  
11 Suite II in D Minor, BWV 1008 - Menuet I & II  
12 Suite II in D Minor, BWV 1008 - Gigue  
13 Suite III in C Major, BWV 1009 - Prelude  
14 Suite III in C Major, BWV 1009 - Allemande  
15 Suite III in C Major, BWV 1009 - Courante  
16 Suite III in C Major, BWV 1009 - Sarabande  
17 Suite III in C Major, BWV 1009 - Bourree I & II  
18 Suite III in C Major, BWV 1009 - Gigue  
19 Suite IV in E-flat Major, BWV 1010 - Prelude  
20 Suite IV in E-flat Major, BWV 1010 - Allemande  
21 Suite IV in E-flat Major, BWV 1010 - Courante  
22 Suite IV in E-flat Major, BWV 1010 - Sarabande  
23 Suite IV in E-flat Major, BWV 1010 - Bourree I & II  
24 Suite IV in E-flat Major, BWV 1010 - Gigue  
25 Suite V in C Minor, BWV 1011 - Prelude  
26 Suite V in C Minor, BWV 1011 - Allemande  
27 Suite V in C Minor, BWV 1011 - Courante  
28 Suite V in C Minor, BWV 1011 - Sarabande  
29 Suite V in C Minor, BWV 1011 - Gavotte I & II  
30 Suite V in C Minor, BWV 1011 - Gigue  
31 Suite VI in D Major, BWV 1012 - Prelude  
32 Suite VI in D Major, BWV 1012 - Allemande  
33 Suite VI in D Major, BWV 1012 - Courante  
34 Suite VI in D Major, BWV 1012 - Sarabande  
35 Suite VI in D Major, BWV 1012 - Gavotte I & II  
36 Suite VI in D Major, BWV 1012 - Gigue  
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Matt Haimovitz Masterclass

Fifteen years after his pivotal first recording of the Cello Suites by J.S. Bach, which launched the newborn Oxingale Records, Matt Haimovitz returns with a profoundly transformed interpretation inspired and informed by an authoritative manuscript copy by Anna Magdalena, Bach's second wife. In this second foray into the period-instrument sphere – following his revelatory recording of the complete Beethoven Sonatas and Variations with Christopher O'Riley – Haimovitz performs the Suites on baroque cello as well as cello piccolo, the five-string instrument for which Suite VI was likely intended. While on the surface, Anna Magdalena's version provides seemingly little guidance, the manuscript ultimately reveals interpretive insights and an idiomatic grammar to articulation and phrasing. The manuscript becomes a holy testament for Haimovitz in his new document of the Cello Suites. 

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