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Chad Hoopes

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Chad Hoopes press reviews, January 17, 2010: Teen violinist wows crowd
A little bit contemporary, a little bit Classical and more than a little Romantic, the last set by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra jolted listeners Saturday at the Civic Center Theater.

Part of the reason was 15-year-old violin virtuoso Chad Hoopes, who dazzled the audience with his powerful technique and expressive power...

...Next up was a piece from the Classical era - Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, featuring Hoopes, whose technique, focus and expressiveness suggest something like genius. His playing was remarkably fluid, at one point alternating between abrupt chords and ornate flourishes, and at another providing his own accompaniment in a solo passage. Hoopes has a wonderful way of wringing every bit of expressive potential from a musical line - in this way, reminding a listener of violin greats like Itzhak Perlman and others...

Read More Robert Redford narrates, teens star at Festival del Sole
Take the most popular classical work of all time and perform it in the courtyard of a medieval-style castle cum winery.

Then throw in a 14-year-old violinist with hands of steel and, just to gild the lily, a Hollywood legend — the ever-boyish 72-year-old actor and filmmaker Robert Redford — to narrate the work.

That was the quadruple threat presented by the Napa Valley Festival del Sole Tuesday night during a sold-out performance of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," performed at the Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga midway through the arts festival's nine-day run.

"It's like nothing else we'll do all year," said Claudia Craig of Santa Rosa, who was attending the concert with her husband, Steve. "Vivaldi outdoors — that sounded wonderful."

The concert showcased young violinist Chad Hoopes performing the solo part with an inspiring blend of emotional expression, technical ease and engaging showmanship way beyond his years.

Although he looks more like a baseball catcher than a violinist, the chubby-cheeked Hoopes proved his mettle in all 12 movements, turning on a dime to execute the work's dramatic dynamics and radical mood changes.

His sweet tone and vibrato are reminiscent of veteran violinist Itzak Perlman, while his technical chops conjure the steely perfection of the young virtuoso Hilary Hahn. And his expression is deep and heartfelt, recalling yet another violinist who performed at the festival last year.

"We went to the Charleston Spoleto Festival many years ago, and we saw Joshua Bell when he was about 19," said Donna Petre of Davis. "This kid reminds me of a young Joshua Bell."...
Read More Menuhin Competition
A MINOR miracle occurred here when the junior winner of the truly incredible Menuhin Competition, just 13 years old, walked onto the platform of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff and performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with such aplomb and sensitivity that half the audience were in tears.

Chad Hoopes, who comes from the US, is an artist to treasure.

Possessed of a superb technique, he even directed the wonderful players of the Orchestra Of Welsh National Opera, who brought this impeccably organised and inspiring celebration of talent to a stunning finale.
South Wales Echo