YOLA at HOLA Music Instructor
American-Italian violinist, Benjamin Hoffman, is an avid leader. He appeared as concertmaster with the Yale Philharmonia, under the baton of John Adams at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. The performance was hailed as “bold, spirited, and technically impressive” by The New York Times. Benjamin was selected as a fellow for the New York Philharmonic’s Global Academy program, and performed in the orchestra in January of this year. Equally at home as a chamber musician, Hoffman has played alongside mentors Peter Frankl, Wolfram Christ, Jorja Fleezanis, and Gary Hoffman, and recently performed Aaron Jay Kernis’ “Mozart en Route” and Hindemith’s “Kammermusik Nr. 1” at Carnegie Hall. Benjamin also gives concerts with his mother, father, and sister as part of the piano quartet Onibatan.
As a soloist, Benjamin enjoys performing music ranging from Vivaldi to Bach, Mozart and Korngold, as well as contemporary premieres with orchestra. He recently premiered a double concerto by his father, Joel Hoffman, with his sister as the cello soloist in the National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing. He began studying the violin at age four under the tutelage of his mother, and continued his studies with Gabriel Pegis of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Latica Honda- Rosenberg at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany and Alexander Kerr at Indiana University Bloomington. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Yale University, where his principal studies are with Ani Kavafian.