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Gary Hoffman

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Gary Hoffman press reviews

Amernet Quartet, cellist Hoffman shine in music of past and present
"The Amernet String Quartet, in residence at Florida International University, was joined by the well-known cellist Gary Hoffman in Schubert's Quintet in C Major and a new work by Hoffman's brother, the Cincinnati-based composer Joel Hoffman. It was a fine idea--and unusual for these concerts--to combine the old and beloved with the new, particularly with an ensemble with the finesse, richness of tone and musical panache of the five musicians on stage Sunday at Gusman Concert Hall." Read More...— David Fleshler, South Florida Classical ReviewRelated Link
The Lyrical Cello at Symphony Silicon Valley
"Hoffman played both works with delicacy and a lightness of touch. His characteristic is a gentle lyricism, mature and contemplative, which was especially well-suited for the Bruch. Hoffman refused to be lured by the bravissimo displays of Fitzenhagen's cadenzas, and remained calm and thoughtful. His more-forthright passages alternate with a kind of inwardness that's not quieter, just more intimate, enveloping the listener in his reflections on the music."— David Bratman, San Francisco Classical VoiceRelated Link
Conductor Gregory Vajda and cellist Gary Hoffman make Tchaikovski sound brand-new at Symphony Silicon Valley
"With Gary Hoffman as cello soloist, the first half's performance of the Rococo variations was also a success. Vajda shaped the beloved score with assurance, and the cellist's impeccable technique and burnished Old World tone suggested the essence of Romanticism." Read More...— Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury NewsRelated Link
Vail's music soars above valley
“The orchestra offered excellent support for soloist Gary Hoffman, who chose an understated and engaging approach to the piece [Haydn Cello Concerto No.1].”

— David Sckolnik, Colorado Springs GazetteRelated Link
Orchestra, guests make joyful sounds
"And with all the planets aligned, this richly textured music of Brahms soared." Read More...— Barbara Zuck, Columbus DispatchRelated Link
Orchestral Poetry and Fireworks
"Hoffman's performance of the solo was breath-taking from the first notes. His cello's tone was full and rich across its compass and his control of intonation was astounding no matter how fast the passage. His refined application of dynamics and exquisite phrasing raised this performance far above just a showpiece of technical mastery. I have seldom heard anyone approach the extent to which Hoffman brought out the poetry of this masterpiece."
Read More...— William Thomas Walker, Classical Voice of North Carolina
Cellist Hoffman raises bar for S.J. guest soloists
"Symphony Silicon Valley has performed with some outstanding soloists over the past few seasons but, frankly, none holds a candle to cellist Gary Hoffman, whose performance with the orchestra Thursday night at the California Theatre set a new benchmark." Read More...— Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News
Gary Hoffman holds and maintains a cello legacy
"He isn't a household name, but his richly expressive performances, technical prowess and knowledge of repertory are themselves legendary: 'I think Yo-Yo Ma's wonderful, but I think Gary's playing is more moving,' says Jennifer Kloetzel, cellist with the Cypress String Quartet and a protege. 'He is one of the finest cellists living today and on a par with the finest cellists who've ever lived.' Read More...— San Jose Mercury News
"Nowhere was there a more potent sense of pure introspection than Hoffman lent to Suite No.1, every movement an internal dialogue at its most personal level."— Washington Post
"The wistful, light-footed middle movement seems closer to [Saint-Saëns] core, and Mr. Hoffman played it with a nice French ardor tinged with delicacy and reserve."— New York Times
"First, they began together - precisely together - which makes a big difference in a performance.... As he played, Mr. Hoffman gave the impression of complete control. He offered a burnished, growling tone - a tone with some burrs in it. And he evinced heartfelt romanticism without gushing."— New York Sun