Gary Hoffman / Photo: Bernard Martinez Moyenne

Gary Hoffman
*1956 in Canada

Gary Hoffman


Gary Hoffman was born in Vancouver, Canada and studied with Karl Fruh and János Starker. When he was only 15 years old Gary Hoffman gave his solo recital debut in the Wigmore Hall in London. At the age of 22 he became the youngest faculty member in the history of the Indiana University School of Music. Gary Hoffman acquired international fame in 1986 as the first American to win the International Rostropovich Competition in Paris.

As a soloist he has performed with many well-known orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Chicago, London , Montreal and San Francisco . He has worked with renowned conductors such as André Prévin, Charles Dutoit, James Levine and Mstislav Rostropovich.

Gary Hoffman has given numerous solo recitals in such venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo , the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Tivoli in Copenhagen and the St Lawrence Center in Toronto , to name just a few. He has been a guest at festivals in Aspen , Schleswig-Holstein, Bath and Marlboro, at Mstislav Rostropovich's International Music Festival in Evian and at the Mostly Mozart Series.

Gary Hoffman is regularly invited to give masterclasses at the Casals Festival in Prades, the Eastman School of Music, the Piatigorsky Seminar at the University of Southern California and other well-known venues.

He performs on a 1662 Nicolo Amati, the “ex-Leonard Rose.”

Last updated: May 2018