Matt Haimovitz

Steph Mackinnon

The 2014 Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists opens this week in St. Louis. This year the festival opening gala features cellist Matt Haimovitz, who is known for pushing the envelope and blurring the lines between classical and popular music.

“I have a range of passions musically, and I tend to just follow my heart,” said Haimovitz when asked about his sometimes unusual musical choices.  He’s been known to take his cello to a bar and play the music of Jimi Hendrix.

Wendy Lynch

Christopher O’Riley is recognized as a leading American pianist and is host of NPR’s “From the Top,” a program which showcases the best young musicians in the country.  Host Steve Potter talks with O’Riley in advance of his performance with cellist Matt Haimovitz, who made his solo debut when he was just 13 years old, at the Edison Theatre at Washington University.  The event, “Shuffle. Play.