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All the instrumentals performed here - viola - are the productions of an artisan, Yu Iida. The harmony and affluence of tone colors are expressed in concert and ensemble characteristically by prominent techniques that each musician provides.

Artist Profile

  • Toby Hoffman

    In a distinguished career spanning three decades, conductor and violist Toby Hoffman has appeared at many of the world's most prestigious international music festivals including the Salzburg, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Stavanger, Marlboro, La Jolla, Saratoga, and Hong Kong. He has been presented by Carnegie Hall, The Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, London South Bank, Suntory Hall, Lincoln Center, and La Scala. As a guest conductor and soloist, he has performed with many orchestras worldwide including the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Het Gelders Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic, I Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Teatro di Genova, Orquesta Filharmónica de Cali, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, Buffalo Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Hoffman has collaborated in many tours and projects with Maurizio Pollini and Salvatore Accardo. Together with Salvatore Accardo, he has recorded all of the violin/viola works of Mozart including the Sinfonia Concertante, the Duos for Violin and Viola, the Divertimento for String Trio and the Six Viola Quintets, in addition to many other chamber works by Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Dvorak and Chausson. Mr. Hoffman's extensive discography also includes an album of French chamber music with Andre Previn, as well as several recordings with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Marlboro Music Festival. Mr Hoffman has been a guest violist with the Emerson, Jerusalem, Ysaye, Fine Arts, and Tokyo String Quartets. In 1988 at the Kuhmon Festival in Finland, he gave the world premiere of the Piano Quartet by Alfred Schnittke. For ten years, Mr. Hoffman was an artistic director of Bargemusic, helping it to become one of the most popular concert venues in New York City. As an educator, Mr. Hoffman has held the position of Artist in Residence at Harvard University and has been a member of the faculties of Carnegie-Mellon University and the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. Mr. Hoffman was a Professor of Chamber Music and Orchestral Studies at the Universidade do Minho in Portugal. He has given master-classes at the New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, TNUA University in Taiwan, Citta di Castello, Livorno, Kuhmo, Turku, the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium. Born into a musical family, Toby Hoffman began his musical training at the age of six studying the violin with his mother, Esther Glazer. He continued his studies as a violist with Paul Doktor, graduating from the Juilliard School with both Bachelor and Master Degrees. He later studied conducting in Finland with Jorma Panula, where he became a conducting teacher for both the college and pre-college divisions at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Mr. Hoffman currently resides in Portugal, where he has been the Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Theatro and the Orquestra de Câmara do Minho.

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  • Paul Rosenthal

    Paul Rosenthal was born in 1942 and began playing the violin at the age of three. He studied with Dorothy DeLay and Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School and with Jascha Heifetz at the University of Southern California. Mr. Rosenthal has made his home in Alaska since 1969 and has enjoyed performing innumerable concerts in every corner of the vast state. In 1972, Rosenthal founded the Sitka Summer Music Festival which continues to attract musicians and audiences from many countries and is recognized as one of the outstanding chamber music festivals in the United States. He also directs the festival’s affiliated Autumn Classics and Winter Classics series in Anchorage. As soloist and chamber musician, this last season Mr. Rosenthal has performed with orchestras from Alaska to New York and in recitals and chamber music series in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Holland, Scotland and the Bahamas. He can be heard in recordings on the RCA, Vox, Fidelio, Arabesque, Vanguard and Biddulph labels. Most recently released are a premiere recording of the String Quintet Op. 14 by Taneyev and Tchaikowsky’s Souvenir de Florence, recorded in 1968 with Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky. Paul Rosenthal holds honorary degrees as Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Alaska and Doctor of Music from Alaska Pacific University.

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