Innovative Cellist Matt Haimovitz Premieres New Work At Free Emory Concert

October 9, 2014

Matt Haimovitz returns to Emory University¿s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts for a concert Friday, October 18 at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

As a Schwartz Artist-in-Residence, Haimovitz joins the Emory University Symphony Orchestra and conductor Richard Prior for a world premiere of ¿Concerto for Cello and Orchestra.¿ The concerto was commissioned by Haimovitz and Prior as a result of Haimovitz¿s October 2013 residency at Emory, during which he was inspired by Prior¿s orchestral work, ¿¿of shadow and light¿¿ with music director Robert Spano conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

The Concerto, cast in the traditional three-movement structure, features many elements that are emblematic of Prior¿s compositional voice. Rich and evocative lyricism and energizing rhythms almost suggestive of organic jazz improvisation, are also heard in such recent works as the Stabat Mater, the Symphony No. 3, and the two string quartets. The Cello Concerto offers a successful and captivating fusion of backgrounds and styles that speaks to the music of Prior¿s British heritage, but also embraces the worthy, exuberant elements of American Art music.

The performance will also feature ¿Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro¿ by Mozart and Dvorak¿s ¿Symphony No. 9 in E Minor.¿ 

About Matt Haimovitz

Matt Haimovitz is acclaimed for both his tremendous artistry and as a musical visionary ¿ pushing the boundaries of classical music performance, championing new music, and initiating groundbreaking collaborations, all while mentoring an award-winning studio of young cellist at McGill University¿s Schulich School of Music in Montreal. His recording career spans more than twenty years of award-winning work on Deutche Grammophon and his own Oxingale Records. His recent release, ¿Meeting of the Spirits¿ was nominated for a Grammy for Best Classical Crossover Album and won the Grammy for Best Producer of the Year (Classical).