Who would think of moving classical music from the reverence of a symphony hall to a punk rock club? Matt Haimovitz decided he wanted to bring classical music to venues where people of his generation could listen to a Bach Suite in a relaxed setting, and even eat or drink while taking in the music. So Matt began his "Listening Room" tour, and got the opportunity to play for young people at New York's famed CBGB, an underground rock club that had never featured a classical artist. From the time he first picked up the cello at the age of eight, Matt's gift was apparent. At the ripe old age of 10, Matt played before legendary cellist Itzhak Perlman, who took him under his wing. That led to a close association with Leonard Rose at Juilliard and an opportunity to play with some of the world's greatest orchestras led by the likes of Mehta, Levine and Barenboim. By 16, he had an exclusive contract with the most prestigious classical music label. Sometimes rarified air can become suffocating. And Matt longed for something fresh, where he could improvise. College and marriage helped break down the walls he had built between himself and the world. So he established an independent label, Oxingale Records (), and he and his wife embarked on a search for places where people who didn't flock to classical music might find it more inviting. Anchor: John Donvan.
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