Gary Hoffman

Gary Hoffman

Cello

About Gary Hoffman

Cellist Gary Hoffman first gained international renown upon his victory as the first North American to win the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris. He has appeared as soloist with the Chicago, London, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, Baltimore and National Symphony Orchestras as well as the English, Moscow and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Netherlands and Rotterdam Philharmonics, and the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, among many others. He has collaborated with such celebrated conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Andrew Davis, Kent Nagano, Pinchas Zukerman, and the late Jésus Lopez-Cobos, André Prévin, and Mstislav Rostropovich.

In the 2019-20 season, Mr. Hoffman appears as soloist with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, and Lexington Philharmonic; and tours South Africa in concerts with the orchestras of Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal, and Johannesburg. Other engagements include appearances with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Vancouver Chamber Music Society, the Knokke International Music Festival in Belgium, the Schiermonnikoog Festival in the Netherlands, and performances at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, the Octogone Théâtre of Pully, Switzerland, and throughout France, including a return to the Musée du Louvre.

In the summer of 2019, Mr. Hoffman embarked on a festival tour, playing at the Musée du Louvre, the Waterloo Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the VERÃO CLÁSSICO Festival in Lisbon, and four French festivals in Poujoula, Dax, Sceaux, and Morbihan. In the 2018-19 season, Mr. Hoffman was soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, played with the Jerusalem Quartet at the Bath Mozart Festival, and gave recitals of chamber music at the Société de Musique de Chambre de Marseille, the Musée de l’Armée in Paris, Victoria Hall in Geneva, and the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Waterloo, Belgium. His engagements in the 2017-18 season included the SummerFest with La Jolla Music Society, Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht at the Philharmonie de Paris, and recitals at the Salle Gaveau in Paris and the Le Château de la Citadelle in Bourg, France.

Gary Hoffman performs in major recital and chamber music series throughout the world, as well as at such prestigious festivals as Ravinia, Marlboro, Aspen, Bath, Evian, Helsinki, Verbier, Mostly Mozart, Schleswig-Holstein, Stresa, Festival International de Colmar, and Festival de Toulon. He performs throughout Europe with various orchestras: Cordoba, Helsingborg, Warsaw, Stavanger, Budapest, Bodensee Festival, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Russian National Philharmonic, Het Gelders Orkest, Holland, Luxembourg; and around the world in Asia and South Africa. He has premiered the concertos of Laurent Petitgirard, Joel Hoffman, Renaud Gagneux, Gil Shohat, Graciane Finzi, Dominique Lemaître, and the French premiere of Elliott Carter’s Cello Concerto.

Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, Gary Hoffman was the youngest faculty appointee in the history of the Indiana University School of Music, where he remained for eight years. In 2011, he was appointed Maître en Résidence for cello at the prestigious Chapelle Musicale Reine Elizabeth in Brussels. Residing in Paris, he is an active recording artist with the BMG (RCA), Sony, EMI and Le Chant du Monde labels. Gary Hoffman performs on a 1662 Nicolo Amati, the “ex-Leonard Rose”.

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