Cellist Gary Hoffman

As an internationally acclaimed cellist, Hoffman has performed with orchestras in America and abroad, esteemed music festivals including the Bath International Music Festival, and the Tokyo String Quartet, among others. 

This summer at Strings Music Festival, Gary Hoffman will perform the Dvořák Cello Concerto, arguably one of the most famous cello concertos of all time. In fact, Brahms is said to have commended Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor: “Why on earth didn’t I know that one could write a cello concerto like this? Had I known, I would have written one long ago.” In an interview with Tim Janof of cello.org, Hoffman shares some secrets.

Tim Janoff: On a related note, you also said, “Don’t be afraid to do things that may surprise you.” Do you use this approach in pieces that you are very familiar with?

Gary Hoffman: Absolutely. Some people may become bored with a piece after they’ve played it a hundred times, like the Dvořák Concerto, feeling that they have nothing new to say with it. I avoid this by trying to remain open and free, not just to things that I see and hear around me, but also to the changes that are happening within me as I go through life. There are many things that simply can’t be discovered in a practice room, and it is these things that can greatly affect your playing, if you are open to them. If it’s important to you that your playing reflect who you are, then I think it’s important that you allow yourself to be surprised. In metaphysical terms, you should nurture the desire to venture into the infinite and the indefinable.

About Gary Hoffman
Youngest faculty appointee at the Indiana University School of Music at age 22.
First North American to win the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris.
Made his London recital debut at Wigmore hall at age 15.
Performs on a 1662 Nicolo Amati, the “ex-Leonard Rose.”
Born in Vancouver, Canada.
Currently resides in Paris, France.

Live Music in Steamboat – Gary Hoffman
Gary Hoffman will perform as soloist with the Strings Festival Orchestra on Opening Night at the Strings Music Pavilion. The performance is Saturday June 23rd and tickets are on sale now! Order tickets online or by calling the Box Office (970) 879-5056 x 105.

Posted on February 21, 2012
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