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Joel Hoffman

New York, NY   

Joel Hoffman’s music draws from such diverse sources as Eastern European folk musics, Chinese traditional music and bebop, and is pervaded by a sense of lyricism and rhythmic vitality. 

Here are three excellent videos of his music which illustrate these things:

The first piece, “sizzle 丝竹”, is a work for violin, cello, 20 dizis (Chinese bamboo flutes) and yunluo (Chinese gongs):  https://www.dropbox.com/s/rrp7wc4x0x3xg6z/sizzle.mov?dl=0

The second, “of Deborah, for Deborah” is a work for string trio and harp:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/2f2egw02rdwt6jl/of%20Deborah%2C%20for%20Deborah.mov?dl=0

The third is his cello concerto “Self-Portrait with Gebirtig”:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/0r35r9gfh8lmt6z/Self-Portrait%20with%20Gebirtig_Amsterdam.mp4?dl=0

Born in Vancouver, Canada in 1953, he studied at the University of Wales and completed graduate studies at the Juilliard School.  His principal teachers include Elliott Carter, Milton Babbitt, Vincent Persichetti, Arnold Whittall, Alun Hoddinott and Easley Blackwood.

A 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, Hoffman has also received awards from the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, Columbia University, BMI, ASCAP and the American Music Center. Currently a resident of New York City, Hoffman was Professor of Composition at the College-Conservatory of Music/University of Cincinnati for 36 years. He is currently a guest Professor at the China Conservatory in Beijing. He has been Composer-in-Residence with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the National Philharmonic in Washington. He has been awarded residencies at the Rockefeller, Camargo and Hindemith Foundations, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Copland House.  As pianist, he has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Belgian Radio/T.V. Orchestra, the Costa Rica National Symphony and the Florida Orchestra among others.

Hoffman’s orchestral compositions have been performed by the Chicago Symphony Brass, the BBC Orchestra of Wales, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Kiev Chamber Orchestra, the Slovenian Radio Symphony, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Madison Symphony Orchestra among many others. His chamber music has been performed by such groups as the Cleveland, Brentano, Ariel, Amernet, Pro Arte, Catalyst and Shanghai Quartets, members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Golub-Kaplan-Karr Trio and the Trio Terzetto.

Hoffman has been commissioned by dozens of individuals and organizations including Tanglewood, the Fromm Foundation, the Washington Camerata, the American Harp Society, the Eastman School of Music, Areon Flutes, DecaCelli, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Caramoor, Bargemusic, the International Viola Congress, the Irving Klein String Competition, the Prince William Symphony Orchestra and RAI Trade (Rome). Hoffman’s music is regularly heard in Europe, China and North America at festivals such as St. Nazaire (France), Great Lakes, Caramoor, Newport and Chamber Music Northwest (US), Portogruaro (Italy) and Korsholm (Finland), and in venues such as the Southbank Centre in London, the City Hall in Hong Kong and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

Joel Hoffman’s music is published by Onibatan Music, RAI Trade, E.C. Schirmer, G. Schirmer and Lyra Music. CDs can be found on the Albany, CRI, Koch, Stradivarius, Centaur, EMA, Deutsche Welle and Gasparo labels. Web: joelhoffman.net

Millennium Dances for orchestra

This is the fifth of six movements. The title of the movement is “Rap Rag Red”.

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Camino Azul, movement 3

This is the third movement (of three) of my fifth string quartet, “Camino Azul”

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Blue and Yellow

This is a bright, lively single-movement work for flute and piano.

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