We are saddened to share the news that Matthew Hazelwood, conductor of the Academy Orchestra from 1993-2008, and the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, died May 31, 2012, in Bogota, Columbia, where he was conductor of the Colombia Youth Symphony. He was 57. Services will be held in Colombia.
"Matt was a fine musician and collaborator across the arts, an early pioneer of our work with Project Zero, and a friend and mentor to many students," said Jeffrey Kimpton, president of Interlochen Center for the Arts. "Our heartfelt condolences are sent to his wife, Constanza, and his children, Giuliana and Thomas. He will be greatly missed."
Crispin Campbell, instructor of cello at Interlochen Center for the Arts remarked, "Matt was a consummate colleague and true friend. What set him apart from others was his ability to think in terms beyond himself and his own ego. His gift was in empowering his colleagues and students to be creative; to give their most for 'the greater good.' He was, simply, one of us, yet so much more. The world is a lesser place without him."