Performer (ensemble)
Matt Haimovitz, artistic direction

Uccello, an all-cello ensemble, is comprised of Haimovitz’s top students from McGill University. Haimovitz tours with Uccello frequently, performing in venues ranging from Seattle’s Tractor Tavern to Boston’s Sanders Theater, presented by the Celebrity Series, as well as New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center and Montréal’s Pollack Hall. Uccello twice reached Billboard’s classical chart with Haimovitz on his recording Goulash! The ensemble has been featured and reviewed in The New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, NPR’s All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, as well as numerous CBC broadcasts throughout Canada.

About his tour with the ensemble on the West Coast, the San Jose Mercury News wrote, “But the glorious cap to the evening was Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir. The cellos ’singing’ the soaring vocal lines and burning through the guitar solos (it’s only fair since Jimmy Page often took a violin bow to his guitar) of the Middle Eastern melody. Underneath, the young cellists slap the bodies of their instruments and clack bows against strings below the bridge to lay down the driving rhythms. As one Bachophile said, Led Zeppelin never sounded so good. A standing ovation and handshakes from the appreciative crowd, and the cello warriors drove off into the night.”