Charline von Heyl

Photo by David Brendan Hall

Charline von Heyl, artist

Charline von Heyl (German, b. 1960) studied at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg and the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, and participated in the Cologne art scene in the 1980s before moving to New York in 1995. She is a painter whose practice encompasses drawing, printmaking and collage. Von Heyl’s work takes inspiration from a vast and surprising array of sources – including literature, pop culture, metaphysics and personal history. She has been the subject of several survey museum exhibitions, most recently held at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Museum Dhont Dhaenens, Deurle; and the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.

Past survey exhibitions include the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston; the Tate Liverpool; Kunsthalle Nürnberg; Bonner Kunstverein; and the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia. Her work can be found in collections around the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Kunstmuseum Bonn; and the Tate Modern, London.

Charline von Heyl lives and works in New York and Marfa, Texas.

Matt Haimovitz

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Matt Haimovitz, co-founder and cellist

Renowned as a musical pioneer, multi-Grammy-nominated cellist Matt Haimovitz is praised by The New York Times as a “ferociously talented cellist who brings his megawatt sound and uncommon expressive gifts to a vast variety of styles” and by The New Yorker as “remarkable virtuoso” who “never turns in a predictable performance.” He brings a fresh ear to familiar repertoire, champions new music, and initiates groundbreaking collaborations, as well as creating innovative recording projects. In addition to his touring schedule, Haimovitz mentors an award-winning studio of young cellists at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal and is now the first-ever John Cage Fellow at The New School’s Mannes School of Music in New York City. 

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 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for Deutsche Grammophon. He has gone on to perform on the world’s most esteemed stages, with such orchestras and conductors as the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, the English Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal with Kent Nagano. 

Haimovitz’s recording career encompasses more than 20 years of award-winning work on Deutsche Grammophon (Universal), Oxingale Records, and the PENTATONE Oxingale Series. His honors include the Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Grand Prix du Disque, and the Premio Internazionale “Accademia Musicale Chigiana.” He studied with Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School and graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard University. Haimovitz plays a Venetian cello, made in 1710 by Matteo Gofriller.

Jeffrianne Young

Jeffrianne Young, co-founder and director

Jeffrianne Young, M.D. is a board-certified eye surgeon with a longstanding interest in music and the arts. She studied violin and piano intensively in high school, attending both Eastern Music Festival and Tanglewood High School orchestra programs. A winner of MacPhail’s Concerto Competition for Violin in 1987, Dr. Young’s performance was recorded for broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio. She also performed a Haydn piano concerto with the MacPhail Orchestra on tour in West Berlin in 1988. 

Dr. Young studied art history at Wellesley College before transferring to Harvard University where she continued her studies in art history and fulfilled pre-med requirements, performed as a violinist in the Bach Society Orchestra, and graduated cum laude with a BA in Fine Arts. After attending medical school at the University of Minnesota and completing her ophthalmology training at Yale University, she spent sixteen years in private practice in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dr. Young has served on a variety of boards in music, art, education and healthcare advocacy. She was a founding board member of Salon 4700 at the Des Moines Art Center, creating innovative events featuring contemporary artists and exhibitions. In 2017, she graduated from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s prestigious Leadership Development Program. She has served as President of the Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology, and various roles on the board of trustees at Bergman Academy. Dr. Young currently serves on a national healthcare advocacy board and Central Iowa’s Harvard Schools Committee. She is currently writing a screenplay.