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Hoffman, Gary

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Vancouver (Canada), 1956. Gary Hoffman is one of the most prestigious cello players nowadays and combines his mastery of the instrument with a beautiful sound and poetic sensibility in his memorable and particular interpretations. He accomplished great fame for being the first U.S. player to win the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1986. He is frequently soloist with the most important orchestras worldwide. Gary Hoffman collaborates regularly with prestigious conductors such as André Prévin, Charles Dutoit, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman, Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Jesús López Cobos and James Levine, to cite but a few. Gary Hoffman plays in chamber music series and recitals the world over as well as in prestigious festivals. He also plays frequently with the Emerson, Tokyo, Borromeo, Brentano and Ysaÿe String Quartets. He is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Has recently appeared at the Kennedy Center where he played Bach's Suites - that were a acclaimed by the Washington Post as "subliminal" - and he has also played with musicians such as Cho Liang Lin and Leon Fleisher, among others. He is regularly invited by the Kronberg Violoncello Academy. Gary Hoffman has premiered many concerts (Laurent Petitgirard, Joel Hoffman, Renaud Gagneux, Gil Shohat, Graciane Finzi...) and plays with orchestras in France, where he resides, and other European orchestras as well as others in America, Asia and South Africa. He premiered in France Elliott Carter's Concerto for cello with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Participates in the summer festivals of Ravinia, Santa Fe, Bloomington, Lincoln Center, Kobé, Prades, etc. Gary Hoffman was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1956 and dedicates part of his time to teaching. He is the youngest musician ever nominated Professor of the Faculty of Music of the Indiana University where he stayed during eight years. He gives master classes around the world and has recorded for the BMG (RCA), Sony, EMI and Chant du Monde labels. Gary Hoffman plays a 1662 Nicolo Amati, the "ex-Leonard Rose" cello.

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