The NC Cello Society presented a Master Class with Cellist Michael Haber
on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Price Music Center, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA (map)
Michael Haber, a student of Janos Starker and Gregor Piatigorsky, graduated with high academic honors from Brandeis University with a degree in European History. He did his graduate work at Harvard and at Indiana University.
Mr. Haber was a member of The Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, the Casals Festival Orchestra under Pablo Casals and The Mostly Mozart Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York City. He was the principal cellist of several orchestras, including the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder, Colorado. With the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, he toured and recorded throughout Europe, the USA and Asia.
Mr. Haber has been on the cello and chamber music faculties of Oberlin College, Indiana University, The New England Conservatory of Music, the Eastman School of Music, Boston University and the University of Akron. He also taught and performed at many summer festivals including Aspen, Marlboro, Yellow Barn and The Manchester Festival. For ten years, he was the coach for the cello section of The New World Symphony in Miami Beach.
His chamber music career includes international tours as the cellist of The Composers Quartet, in residence at Columbia University in New York, cellist of The Gabrielli Trio for 20 years and numerous appearances at music festivals and concert series throughout the USA.
In 2012, he made a trip to Australia and New Zealand, presenting master classes and lessons at 12 major universities in both countries. In January 2013 he was a participant at the Akaroa International Music Festival in New Zealand. In October and November 2013, he presented 18 master classes at schools of music throughout the USA.
Among the comments for Mr. Haber’s performances, the New York Times spoke of "the lyricism and perfection of his playing," the London Times called him "a romantic cellist" and The Cleveland Plain Dealer called him "a superb musician."
Students who performed for Mr Haber were -
Evan Jiang - Leonid Zilper, teacher/1st mvt. Saint Saens Concerto
Spencer Adler - Nancy Green, teacher/ 1st mvt. Schumann Concerto
Hannah Lohr-Pearson - Brent Wissick, teacher/ 4th mvt. Elgar Concerto
Pavani Anand - Rosie Leavell, teacher/ 1st Bach Suite Prelude
Peter Sumner - Carlos Bardales, teacher/Faure Elegie
Lainie Sopa - Emma Dunlap-Grube, teacher/Popper Hungarian Rhapsody
Tristan Ilika - Bonnie Thron, teacher/Popper Tarantelle
Justin Taylor - Maria Valencia (public school teacher) 3rd Bach Suite Prelude
It was a great opportunity for these local students to receive excellent comments and advice from a teacher with a wide experience in performance and instruction. Mr Haber's manner was encouraging and fitting for each student's level of playing. His words of wisdom were both amusing, concise and precise. An example for bowing was "Bow speed over bow pressure" in order to get the best sound out of the instrument.