Beethoven’s Complete Cello Sonatas

One of the most significant artists of our time, Gary Hoffman, along with his long-time collaborator David Selig, takes us on a journey through the musical career of Beethoven. Beethoven’s five sonatas for cello and piano evenly span Beethoven’s long career from an emphasis on form and structure to deeply probing emotional expression, and transcendental technical difficulty.

Gary Hoffman, is one of the outstanding cellists of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility. He gained international renown upon his victory as the first North American to win the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1986.

“Gary hoffman’s style is characterised by fullness of sound, instrumental mastery and exceptional artistic sensibility.”

He is a frequent soloist with the world’s most notable orchestras including the Chicago, London, Montreal, and National symphony orchestras, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and many others. He has collaborated with such celebrated conductors as André Previn, Charles Dutoit, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman, Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Jesús López-Cobos, and James Levine. He performs in major recital and chamber music series throughout the world, as well as at such prestigious festivals as Ravinia, Marlboro, Aspen, Bath, Evian, Helsinki, Verbier, Mostly Mozart, Schleswig-Holstein, Stresa, Festival International de Colmar, and Festival de Toulon. He is a frequent guest of string quartets including the Emerson, Tokyo, Borromeo, Brentano, and Ysaye.

In 2011, Mr. Hoffman was appointed Maître en Résidence for cello at the prestigious Chapelle de Musique Reine Elisabeth in Brussels. He has a new release of Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Bloch’s Schelomo on the La Dolce Volta label with Orchestre de Liège and Christian Arming. He performs on a 1662 Nicolo Amati, the “ex-Leonard Rose.”

David Selig is an international sensation who regularly performs in France, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland as well as in the USA and the Far East. His love of chamber music has led him to collaborate with many renowned artists including Philippe Graffin, Marc Coppey, Régis Pasquier, Jane Peters and Noël Lee. A recording with Gary Hoffman of works by Mendelssohn was released in 2012 on the Dolce Volta label.

Vancouver Chamber Music Society

The Vancouver Chamber Music Society is the leading presenter in western Canada of high-calibre chamber music featuring world-renowned chamber ensembles, and solo and recital artists. Their program, steeped in the rich tradition of classical music, meets contemporary audiences in a familiar and intimate way at the modern theatre space in New Westminster’s modern Anvil Centre.