Member of the jury - Member of the artistic committee
Born in Vancouver, Gary Hoffman made his debut at Wigmore Hall in London at the age of fifteen. In 1979, when just twenty-two, he became the youngest professor at the school of music of the University of Indiana. In 1986, at the Rostropovich Competition in Paris, he won the Grand Prize, which opened the way to an international career. He has performed as a guest with the world’s leading orchestras (including the Chicago Symphony, the London Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France) and has played under great conductors such as André Previn, Herbert Blomstedt, James Levine, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Charles Dutoit. His concerto repertoire includes more than fifty works, from C.P.E. Bach to Dvorák and from Saint-Saëns to the composers of today. He is also an experienced chamber musician, whose recordings of sonatas and trios (by Tchaikovsky, Arensky, and Prokofiev, among others, and, recently, by Mendelssohn) have been widely acclaimed. He has taught for many years at major academies and festivals (including the Aspen Music Festival, the Gregor Piatigorsky Seminar, and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki) and, since 2011, at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.