Gary Hoffman is one of the 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 noted orchestras, he has appeared 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 and the Netherlands and Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra for the Blossom Festival and Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others. Mr. Hoffman collaborates regularly with such celebrated conductors as André Prévin, Charles Dutoit, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zuckerman, Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Jésus Lopez-Cobos and James Levine…
Gary Hoffman performs on major recital and chamber music series throughout the world, as well as in such prestigious festivals as Ravinia, Marlboro, Aspen, Bath, Evian, Helsinki, Verbier, Mostly Mozart, Schleswig-Holstein, Stresa... He is a frequent guest of string quartets including Emerson, Tokyo, Borromeo, Brentano, and Ysaye.
Mr. Hoffman is an Artist Member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society.
Gary Hoffman premiered many concertos (Laurent Petitgirard, Joel Hoffman, Renaud Gagneux, Gil Shohat, Graciane Finzi, French Premiere of Elliott Carter Cello Concerto…) . Next Autumn, he will create Dominique Lemaître cello concerto.
He plays throughout Europe with various orchestras –Cordoba, Helsingborg, Warsaw, Stavanger, Budapest, Bodensee Festival, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Russian National Philharmonic etc - , and all around the world– America, Asia, South Africa, etc.- and in halls such as the Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Auditorium de Dijon, Concertgebouw, the Kennedy Center (where he was acclaimed by the Washington Post for his “Sublime Bach Suites”); for the Ravinia Festival, Bloomington, Kobé, Manchester Cello Festival, he is a member of the Kronberg cello Akademie, and this Summer 2008: Salzburger Mozarteum, Festival de Prades , Santa Fe, Festival International de Colmar (under M° Ion Marin), Festival de Toulon…etc.
Among his projects, concerts with Santa Rosa Symphony, Columbus, the orchestras of Johannesburg and Cape Town, some French orchestras ( orchestre de Bretagne, Poitou Charentes, Cannes…), Het Geleders Orkest, Orchestre Philharmoniqued de Luxembourg, Pamplona, the creation of Lemaître cello concerto at the festival Automne en Normandie, chamber music and concerto in Taïpei, then concerts in Jerusalem, at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale, Switzerland, Printemps des Arts de Monte Carlo, Ravinia, Santa Fe, Lincoln Center, Prades, Festival de Menton (with Leon Felisher) etc…
Born in Vancouver, Canada, in 1956, Gary Hoffman devotes time to teaching, as well, having been the youngest faculty appointee in the history of the Indiana University School of Music, where he remained for eight years. Mr. Hoffman regularly holds master classes 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".