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Chad Hoopes

  • Violinist

Biography

Beyond the concert hall, Chad Hoopes's virtuosity and exuberant personality have been featured on the CBS Early Show, NBC affiliate station WKYC (Cleveland), NPR station WCLV in Ohio, ABC affiliate station KSTP Twin Cities Live, and on PBS's From the Top: Live at Carnegie Hall.He was the soloist in the Emmy Award-winning June 2007 television commercial for the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team produced by SportsTime Ohio Network, which aired on NBC, SportsTime Ohio and ESPN.Chad was one of the featured artists in the Cincinnati Pops Telarc recording released in 2009, a collaboration with NPR’s From the Top.

Chad began his violin studies at the age of four in Minneapolis with Nancy Lokken and continued with Sally O'Reilly at the University of Minnesota, and David Russell at the Cleveland Institute of Music.He currently studies with David Cerone and William Preucil at the Cleveland Institute of Music.He was a student in the ENCORE School for Strings for four summers and has also studied at the Kent/Blossom Festival, the Bravo School for Strings, the Meadowmount School for Music, and with Pinchas Zukerman at Ottawa’s NAC Young Artists Program. In April 2008, he won first prize in the Young Artists Division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition.

In addition to his solo engagements, Chad performs in a trio with his two sisters; they appeared live on From the Top in 2007 and have been featured twice on The Early Show, on WCLV radio, and on WVIZ TV in Cleveland.Chad is also active in the Boy Scouts of America, having advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout.He plays the 1713 Antonio Stradivari Cooper; Hakkert; ex Ceci violin, courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.