Gary Hoffman made his debut at the Wigmore Hall in London at the age of fifteen, quickly followed by New York. At the age of twenty-two he became the youngest faculty appointee in the history of the Indiana University School of Music. After winning the Premier Grand Prix of the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1986, he embarked on an international career, appearing with the world’s most noted orchestras, in major recital and chamber music series and at prestigious festivals.
The art of songful variation
‘Beethoven practised the art of variation throughout his musical output, right up to such late masterpieces as the Diabelli Variations and the Ninth Symphony. The form was ideal for this improvisational genius, allowing him to display a diversity of expression. Cellists seem particularly lucky in this respect! It’s true that the influence of the great Jean-Louis Duport (1749-1819), whom Beethoven met at the Berlin court, was considerable’, says David Selig.