Matt Haimovitz

color photo of Matt Haimovitz playing the cello on the roof of an urban building
Brent Calis / Oxingale Records

You could say Matt Haimovitz does things differently.

He abandoned the typical career of a classical cellist early on. Since then, Haimovitz, now on the faculty of McGill University's Schulich School of Music, has championed new music and sought out unusual venues in which to perform it.

Taking Classical Music to Contemporary and Unusual Spaces

Mar 27, 2017
James Poulson / Daily Sitka Sentinel

Over the years, many musicians have taken classical music into venues that seem a little out of character.

Cellist Zuill Bailey has performed more than once with Alaska's acclaimed Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Women’s Orchestra, formed in 2003. On HBO's Oz, Bailey played a cellist who was serving a jail sentence, meaning Bach could be heard throughout the cell block.