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PACO provides a strong foundation of musical training and many alumni have gone on to pursue music professionally. Perhaps the most famous of our alums is Matt Haimovitz.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz is a musical pioneer. He has inspired classical music lovers and won over countless new listeners to the genre by bringing his artistry to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals and intimate coffee houses, any place where passionate music can be heard. Through his visionary approach “ bringing a fresh ear to familiar repertoire and a warm, human presence to the traditional concert experience; championing new music and initiating groundbreaking collaborations within and beyond the classical domain; recording innovative projects on Oxingale Records and integrating all with a tireless touring schedule; as well as mentoring an award-winning studio of young cellists at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music “ Haimovitz is re-defining what it means to be an artist, for the 21st century.

Haimovitz made his debut in 1984 at the age of 13, as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. At 17 he made his first recording, performing the Saint-Sans, Lalo, and Bruch concerti with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for Deutsche Grammophon (Universal Classics). Haimovitz has since gone on to perform on the world’s most esteemed stages, with such orchestras and conductors as the Berlin Philharmonic with James Levine, the New York Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, the English Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, and the Cleveland Orchestra with Charles Dutoit.

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Here is a short list of other famous PACO Alumni:
Eleanor Angel  – bio
Timothy Bach
Holly Barnes
Krista Bennion Feeney – bio
Karl Bennion
Karen Bentley Pollick
Ann Coombs
Jennifer Cowles
Cristy Crews
Daria D’Andrea
Marie Flexer
Dina Glendenning
Matt Haimovitz
Teri Hopkins Lee
Roberta Johnck
Carol Kutsch
Terri Tanner Merchant
Becky Wong McCormick
Eileen Moon
Peter Lane
Renee Straub Boeschofen
Melanie Vittetoe
Heidi Yenney
Kris Yenney
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