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, champion’s new music and initiates groundbreaking collaborations as well as creating innovative recording projects.
Mr. 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.
The solo cello recital is a Haimovitz trademark, both inside and outside the concert hall. For his Civic Music Association concert, Mr. Haimovitz will perform movements from Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, some of the most moving and spiritual compositions for a solo instrument in history.
His Saturday night concert will be preceded by A Moveable Feast on Friday – a day of free performances by Mr. Haimovitz in different locations in Des Moines. At each location he will perform one movement from Bach’s Suites and one of the seven overtures written in response to Bach by Philip Glass, Vijay Iyer, Du Yun and others.
A Moveable Feast
- 9:30 AM Central Library Chess Garden
- 12:00 PM Wellman YMCA
- 4:00 PM Cowles Commons