Internationally Acclaimed Cellist to Open 2015-16 President’s Lecture Series

September 08, 2015

MISSOULA – An internationally award-winning cellist will open the 2015-16 University of Montana President’s Lecture Series on a musical note, with a combined lecture and concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, in the Music Recital Hall at UM. The event is free and open to the public.

Matt Haimovitz, associate professor at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal, Canada, will present “The Changing Face of Classical Music” in collaboration with the String Orchestra of the Rockies.

Born in Israel, Haimovitz made his first recording at 17 years of age, along with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He since has performed with esteemed conductors across the world, with a 20-year recording career encompassing award-winning work on labels including Deutsche Grammophon and his own Oxingale Records.

In 2006, Haimovitz received the Concert Music Award from the American Society of Composers for his pioneering spirit and advocacy of living composers. The American Music Center awarded him the Trailblazer Award in 2014 for his far-reaching contributions to American music. He also has received the Avery Fisher Career Grant (1986), the Grand Prix du Disque for World Music (1991) and the Diapason d’Or (1991), a recommendation of classical music recordings given by reviewers of the French magazine Diapason. He is the first cellist ever to receive the Premio Internazionale “Accademia Musicale Chigiana” (1999).

Haimovitz studied in New York City at the Juilliard School in the final class of legendary cellist Leonard Rose, and at the Collegiate School. He continued his cello studies with Ronald Leonard and Yo-Yo Ma. In 1996, he graduated from Harvard University with highest honors and a Bachelor of Arts degree.

In addition to mentoring an award-winning studio of young cellists at the Schulich School of Music, Haimovitz tours internationally with his Venetian cello, which was made in 1710 by Matteo Gofiller.

In addition to the concert/lecture, Haimovitz will perform “‘Sweet’ Italienne” with the String Orchestra of the Rockies at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, in UM’s Music Recital Hall. Tickets are available at all GrizTix locations, by phone at 1-888-MONTANA and online at For more information visit

The President’s Lecture Series at UM consists of eight talks throughout the academic year on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers. For more information on the series, visit or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.


Contact: Richard Drake, UM history professor and lecture series organizer, 406-243-2981,