Beethoven: Sonata No. 4 for piano & cello in C Major, Op. 102 No. 1 Fauré: Sonata No. 2 for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 117
Bloch: "From Jewish Life"
Mendelssohn: Sonata No. 2 for piano & cello in D Major, Op. 58
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.
Gary Hoffman performs in major recital and chamber music series throughout the world, as well as at such prestigious festivals as Ravinia, Marlboro, Aspen, Bath, Evian, Helsinki, Verbier, Mostly Mozart, Schleswig-Holstein, Stresa, Festival International de Colmar, and Festival de Toulon. He is a frequent guest of string quartets including Emerson, Tokyo, Borromeo, Brentano, and Ysaye. Mr. Hoffman performs throughout Europe with various orchestras: Cordoba, Helsingborg, Warsaw, Stavanger, Budapest, Bodensee Festival, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Russian National Philharmonic, het Gelders Orchestra, Holland, Luxembourg; and around the world in the United States, Asia, South Africa, in halls such as the Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Auditorium de Dijon, Concertgebouw, and the Kennedy Center. He also plays and gives master classes at the Ravinia Festival, Bloomington, Kobé, Manchester Cello Festival, Kronberg Cello Akademie, Salzburger Mozarteum, Festival de Prades, and Santa Fe. As a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Mr. Hoffman plays regularly with that organization. He has premiered the concertos of Laurent Petitgirard, Joel Hoffman, Renaud Gagneux, Gil Shohat, Graciane Finzi, Dominique Lemaître, and played the French premiere of Elliott Carter’s Cello Concerto.
Born in Vancouver, Canada, in 1956, Gary Hoffman was the youngest faculty appointee in the history of the Indiana University School of Music, where he remained for eight years. In 2011, he was appointed Maître en Résidence for cello at the prestigious La Chapelle de Musique Reine Elizabeth in Brussels. Residing in Paris, he is an active recording artist with the BMG (RCA), Sony, EMI and Le Chant du Monde labels. His recording devoted to Mendelssohn on the La Dolce Volta label (distributed by Harmonia Mundi) released in 2012. Gary Hoffman performs on a 1662 Nicolo Amati, the “ex-Leonard Rose”.
Ron Regev received critical acclaim for his performance of Mozart's concerto KV503 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under maestro James Conlon, an event for which he had but one day's notice. The Chicago Sun Times reported that he "played with impressive certitude, flying freely through the arpeggios and digging robustly into the melodies."
Winner of numerous awards and prizes in competitions including the Tenth Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, the American Scholarship Association Piano Competition in Cincinnati, the Bruce Hungerford Award in New York, the First Tbilisi Piano Competition in Georgia, the Israeli Broadcast Association Young Artist Competition, and the Arianne Katz Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, he is also a recipient of prizes and scholarships for performing chamber music in Israel and abroad. Mr. Regev was awarded America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships until the end of his formal studies, and was awarded a Fulbright grant for his studies in the United States.
Mr. Regev's appearances with orchestra include: the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival; the Juilliard Symphony in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center; the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra; the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra in Wyoming; the Dubuque Symphony in Iowa; the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion; the Israel Sinfonietta Be'er Sheva; and the Thelma Yellin Symphony Orchestra in its tour of Israel and Europe. His music festival appearances include the Ravinia Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the PRO Festival held in Germany. Mr. Regev's performances in Israel and abroad are frequently broadcast on national radio.
A student of Professor Emanuel Krasovsky, Mr. Regev completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the Samuel Rubin Israeli Academy of Music (Tel Aviv University) summa cum laude. He continued his studies at the Juilliard School in New York, where he received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, studying piano with Mr. Jerome Lowenthal and chamber music with Mr. Joseph Kalichstein, as well as serving on the faculty. Mr. Regev's doctoral document, titled "Mendelssohn's Trio opus 49: A Study of the Composer's Change of Mind," won Juilliard's centennial year's Richard F. French Doctoral Prize for outstanding work on a doctoral document, and was the basis for Mr. Regev's recent lecture and recital at the Library of Congress.
Dr. Regev is the chairman of the Keyboard Department at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, teaches at the Givatayim Conservatory, and is a staff member of the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival. He coaches chamber groups for the Jerusalem Music Center, and serves on the panels of competitions and auditions. A highly acclaimed recitalist and lecturer, his students have won prizes in various competitions in Israel, including scholarships with distinction from the America-Israeli Cultural Foundation. Dr. Regev is the Chief Musician at Tonara, an Israeli high-tech company that specializes in the combination of music notation and cutting-edge technology.
"Gary Hoffman is one of the outstanding cellists of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility."