Instrumentalist - Cello

Gary Hoffman is one of the outstanding cellists of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility. 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, the Netherlands and Rotterdam philharmonics, 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. In the 2015-16 season he performs Elgar’s Concerto in E Minor with the Baton Rouge Symphony.

Posted: Sep-17-2015
Latest News

A recent recording of the Dvořák String Sextet, Op 48 was recently released by Harmonia Mundi, performed by the Jerusalem Quartet and featuring cellist Gary Hoffman. Gramophone UK calls it "gloriously melodic and atmospheric". 

Posted: Feb-6-2018
Latest Acclaim

"Gary Hoffman, the Canadian-born, Paris-based cellist who has been widely lauded as a soloist and chamber musician since the 1980s, delivered a fine performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor....

"Hoffman’s collaborative playing with the orchestra — to which he was visibly attentive — was as pleasurable a listening experience as his projection of Elgar’s melodies and rhetorical gestures."

— Richmond Times-Dispatch
Posted: May-14-2017
Latest Recording

On the CD player as soon it arrived, this album of irresistible, larger scale chamber music – Dvořák’s String Quintet No 3, Op 97 and String Sextet, Op 48 – by the Jerusalem Quartet with Veronika Hagen (viola) and Gary Hoffman (cello) on Harmonia Mundi doesn’t disappoint. Each work bursts with wistful, catchy folk melodies and that subtle abundance of sound of, essentially, an enlarged string quartet...The high-octane Jerusalem Quartet, Hagen and Hoffman keep textures clear and deliver fresh, sparkling performances.

Posted: Jan-23-2018
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Posted: Jun-13-2012