Matt Haimovitz (Bat Yam, 1970) was born in Israel but raised in the United States. At age 12, he was studying under Leonard Rose, for which lessons his parents moved from Palo Alto to New York. In 1986, he played his first large tour with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. After this, an impressive career would follow, with Matt playing concerts with the most important American, European, and Azian orchestras. Around 2000, Haimovitz realized that his audience featured few of his peers. He blamed the generally rather formal concert venues, and started playing non-standard classical and non-classical repertoire in unusual places, including coffee houses, nightclubs, and bars. After a 20-year alliance with Deutsche Grammophon, Matt founded his own independent record label: Oxingale Records. Matt Haimovitz is still expanding his repertoire by commissioning compositions and creating unusual arrangements.