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

The February 3 edition of Performance Today features Alessio Bax, Bella Hristova, and Gary Hoffman’s February 2011 CMS performance of Mendelssohn’s Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49.

Posted: Feb-3-2014
Latest Acclaim

“The orchestra struck an unusual balance with soloist Gary Hoffman in Dvorak’s concerto. The musicians were the composer’s public face, proud and assertive in vivid climaxes; Hoffman was Dvorak’s private face, meditative and slightly sad. (The slow movement was a songful tribute to Dvorak’s sister-in-law, who died while he was writing it.) Hoffman went so far inside that movement, scaling down his sound, that he seemed to snap out of a reverie when the uptempo finale began.”

— Charlotte Observer
Posted: Sep-19-2014
Latest Recording

The complete works, including Mendelssohn’s greatest sonata (No. 2) for any instrument. These are fine performances in top-notch sound.

Posted: Sep-24-2012
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Posted: Jun-13-2012