Gary Hoffman is one of the most outstanding cellists of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility in his distinctive and memorable performances.
Mr. Hoffman gained international renown upon his victory as the first North American to win the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1986.
A frequent soloist with the world’s most famous orchestras, he has played with Chicago, London, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, Baltimore and National Symphony Orchestras; as well as the English, Moscow and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Netherlands and Rotterdam Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra in the Blossom Festival and Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others.
Mr. Hoffman collaborates regularly with celebrated conductors such as André Prévin, Charles Dutoit, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zuckerman, Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Jésus Lopez-Cobos and James Levine, among others. Gary Hoffman performs on major recital and chamber music series throughout the world, as well as in prestigious festivals such as Ravinia, Marlboro, Aspen, Bath, Evian, Helsinki, Verbier, Mostly Mozart, Schleswig-Holstein, among others. He is a frequent guest of string quartets including Emerson, Tokyo, Borromeo, Brentano, and Ysaÿe.
Mr. Hoffman is Artist Member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. He plays throughout Europe and all around the world – America, Asia, South Africa, etc.- in halls such as Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Concertgebouw, Kennedy Center (where he was acclaimed by the Washington Post for his “Sublime Bach Suites”); and he is a member of the Kronberg Cello Akademie.
Gary Hoffman devotes time teaching as well, being the youngest faculty appointee in the History of Indiana University School of Music, where he remained for eight years. Mr. Hoffman regularly holds Masterclasses world-wide. 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”, and he is Master in Residence and Cello Professor at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, in Belgium.Official page