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Chad Hoopes


“[An] impressive, […] prodigiously talented [musician with an] enormous stamina and brilliant, zippy sound.” – The New York Times

Chad Hoopes

Heifetz Institute alumnus and Artist in Residence Chad Hoopes has been acclaimed by critics worldwide for his exceptional talent and magnificent tone. He has literally been “touring the world” since he won the first prize at the Young Artists Division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition.

Most recently he was the Munich Symphony Orchestra’s first Artist in Residence, a position created specifically for him.

“…jaw-dropping virtuosity … but also a gift for dramatic pacing and a distinctive, convincing sense of poetry… [A] sense of lyricism, gripping dramatic flow and intellectual depth all came together in a bravura performance” hailed the Washington Post after his debut at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in January 2016.

Hoopes is a 2017 recipient of Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant. Former winners include Kirill Gerstein, Yuja Wang, Leila Josefowicz, Joshua Bell and Hilary Hahn, as well as fellow Heifetz Institute alums Itamar Zorman, Alexi Kenney, Rachell Ellen Wong, and Zlatomir Fung.

Highlights of past and present seasons include performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse for the French premiere of Qigang Chen’s concerto La joie de la souffrance. He has performed with leading orchestras including San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston and National Symphony, as well as Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Hoopes frequently performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has additionally performed recitals at the Ravinia Festival, the Tonhalle Zürich, the Louvre, and at Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series in New York City.

His debut recording with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kristjan Järvi featured the Mendelssohn and Adams concertos and was enthusiastically received by both press and public. His recording of Bernstein’s Violin Sonata with pianist Wayne Marshall was released last year.

In addition to performing in two concerts at the Heifetz Institute this summer, Chad will also perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival and made his Wolf Trap debut performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Stéphane Denève on July 29.

In Germany, he will make his Berlin debut with Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

Last spring, Chad made his London debut at Royal Festival Hall with National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and conductor Kristjan Järvi performing Michael Daugherty’s violin concerto, Fire and Blood.

In October 2014, Chad celebrated a highly successful debut with Orchestre de Paris at Salle Pleyel. Further highlights of last seasons included his recital debut at Tonhalle Zürich, a tour to Russia with MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, performances with Vancouver Symphony and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, a performance at Dresdner Musikfestspiele and his highly acclaimed Munich debut with the Munich Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 he was admitted to the renowned CMS Two Program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

In October 2013 he was signed by the French label Naïve, his first recording with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kristjan Järvi (Mendelssohn and Adams concertos) was released in spring 2014 and enthusiastically received by both press and public.

In 201–2012, Chad was the third Artist in Residence in the history of Classical Minnesota Public Radio. He began his violin studies at the age of three in Minneapolis, and continued his training later at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Heifetz faculty member David Cerone and Joel Smirnoff, and from 2013-15 (as a Young Soloist) at Kronberg Academy under the tutelage of Professor Ana Chumachenco, who remains his mentor. He plays the 1713 Antonio Stradivari Cooper; Hakkert; ex Ceci violin, courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.