Gary Hoffman, cello
David Selig, piano
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Doors open at 2:00 pm | Concert 3:00 pm
at ANVIL CENTRE
Ludwig van Beethoven
Cello Sonata No.1 in F major, Op.5 No.1
Cello Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.5 No.2
Cello Sonata No.3 in A major, Op.69
Cello Sonata No.4 in C major, Op.102 No.1
Cello Sonata No.5 in D major, Op.102 No.2
He 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.
Although he has great affection for the classical cello repertoire, Gary Hoffman does not neglect contemporary music, of which he is a committed champion. Numerous composers, among them Graciane Finzi, Renaud Gagneux, Joel Hoffman, Laurent Petitgirard and Dominique Lemaître, to name only a few, have dedicated their concertos to him.
He is a regular guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York and is a remarkable and much sought-after chamber partner.
He has made recordings for BMG (RCA), Sony, EMI and Le Chant du Monde, and now records on the La Dolce Volta label.
Gary Hoffman has lived in Paris since 1990. He performs on a 1662 Nicolo Amati, the ‘ex- Leonard Rose’.
In 2011, Mr. Hoffman was appointed Maître en Résidence for cello at the prestigious Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.
A passionate and eclectic artist, performing across the world as soloist, in chamber music and song recitals.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, David began piano lessons at the age of six, later also learning cello and percussion. In 1976 he moved to Paris where he studied at the National Conservatoire with Aldo Ciccolini. He pursued further studies with Guido Agosti and Geoffrey Parsons and subsequently won prizes at the Sydney piano competition and the inaugural accompaniment competition in the Hague.
Mr Selig has performed in many of the great concert halls – Salle Pleyel, Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall… His love of chamber music has led him to collaborate with many renowned artists. He performs with singers such as Felicity Lott, Christianne Stotijn, Sandrine Piau, Jard van Nes, Véronique Gens, Ingrid Perruche, Nathalie Stutzmann, Elly Ameling, Teresa Berganza, François le Roux, and instrumental partners include Gary Hoffman, Philippe Graffin, Marc Coppey, Régis Pasquier, Jane Peters and Noël Lee.
In 1989 he participated in the inaugural recital series at the Bastille Opéra, and his début recording (Villa-Lobos) was released. Further recordings appear on Adda, REM (with François le Roux) Forlane and Globe. His latest recording of Mendelssohn cello works, with Gary Hoffman, appears on the Dolce Volta label.
Mr. Selig performs regularly in France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, the United States and the Far East, as well as in his native Australia. He conducts masterclasses in chamber music and in song repertoire. He has directed the concert series “Journées Romantiques”, on a Parisian barge, and in 2011 he was named professor at the Lyons Conservatoire National Supérieur. This season sees him perform at Wigmore Hall, in Australia, and touring the complete Beethoven cello sonatas, with Gary Hoffman.