Matt Haimovitz and Simone Dinnerstein
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
As the world approaches the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 1770, two extraordinary artists pair this giant with one of contemporary music’s most influential composers—Philip Glass. Cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Simone Dinnerstein collaborate on a dynamic program that includes a Beethoven cello sonata alongside a Glass partita and solo piano and cello repertoires by both composers.
Renowned pioneering cellist Matt Haimovitz has been praised by The New York Times as a “ferociously talented cellist who brings his megawatt sound and uncommon, expressive gifts to a vast variety of styles.” A remarkable virtuoso who never turns in a predictable performance, Haimovitz made his debut in 1984, at the age of 13, as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. He has gone on to perform on the world’s most esteemed stages, with a recording career that encompasses more than 20 years of award-winning work.
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 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 the cellist’s 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.
Lauded for her “lean, knowing and unpretentious elegance” in the New Yorker, with the Independent observing the “majestic originality of vision” in her artistic approach, American pianist Simone Dinnerstein first attracted attention in 2007 with her self-produced recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. A remarkable success, it reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Albums Chart and established Dinnerstein’s distinctive and original approach.
In 2018—a banner year for Dinnerstein—she performed a highly acclaimed recital at the Kennedy Center, made her debut with the London Symphony Orchestra, gave a live recital for BBC’s Radio Three and began an ambitious season as the first artist-in-residence for Music Worcester. Dinnerstein spent the year touring Piano Concerto No. 3, a piece that Philip Glass wrote for her, as a co-commission by 12 orchestras. Circles, her world premiere recording of the concerto with Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry, topped the Billboard Classical Album Chart.
“Dinnerstein’s playing is one of a kind . . . hearing her rendition of a piece makes it impossible to imagine it performed any other way.“
– the paris review
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“‘Intensity’…is precisely how he plays. Onstage, eyes closed, he tilts his head to one side as if the music were drawing him with a physical force.“
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