Gary Hoffman
Photo Credit: William Beaucardet

Gary Hoffman | Cellist


He made his debut at the Wigmore Hall in London at the age of fifteen, quickly followed by New York. At the age of twenty-two he became the youngest faculty appointee in the history of the Indiana University School of Music. After winning the Premier Grand Prix of the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1986, he embarked on an international career, appearing with the world’s most noted orchestras, in major recital and chamber music series and at prestigious festivals.

He performed as a soloist with the renowned orchestras of the world such as Chicago, London, Montreal, Toronto, Baltimore, San Franciscosymphony orchestras; British, Moscow, Los Angeles chamber orchestras and Orchestre National de France, Orcherstre de la Suisse Romande, Orcherstre Philharmonique Royal de Liege, Cape Town Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Philedelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra among others. In these concerts, Mr. Hoffman worked with distinguished conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Andrew Davis, Kent Nagano, Pinchas Zukerman, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Andre Previn and Mstislav Rostropovich.

Although he has great affection for the classical cello repertoire, Gary Hoffman does not neglect contemporary music, of which he is a committed champion. Numerous composers, among them Graciane Finzi, Renaud Gagneux, Joel Hoffman, Laurent Petitgirard and Dominique Lemaître, to name only a few, have dedicated their concertos to him. He has also made the world 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.

As a soloist, chamber musician and instructor, he is regularly invited to prestigious festivals such as Verbier, Marlboro, Evian, Kronberg, Schleswig-Holstein, Colmar, Aspen, New York Lincoln Center - Chamber Music Society, Vancouver Chamber Music Society, Schiermonnikoog Festival. Gary Hofmann made recordings for BMG (RCA), Sony, EMI and Le Chant du Monde, and now records on the La Dolce Volta label.

Gary Hoffman plays the 1662's Nicolo Amati “ex - Leonard Rose” cello and works as cello professor at the both prestigious institutions as Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Belgium) and the Curtis Institute of Music (USA).