Playing Bach for the People

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Cellist Matt Haimovitz is best known for turning the classical music world’s ear upside down. Four years ago, he decided to leave the concert halls of the Baroque circuit and instead play his beloved Bach cello suites in front of rock, jazz and folk fans.

But instead of going for the big stage, he wanted to make classical music up close and personal for audiences, by performing it in intimate settings that might resemble the rooms where Johann Sebastian Bach first played his work. Today Haimovitz is rattling the cultural norms again by performing the dissonant and disconcerting harmonics of 20th and 21st century music on his cello.


Matt Haimovitz, cellist.