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Chad Hoopes

Professor of Practice in Violin

Acclaimed by critics worldwide for his “jaw-dropping virtuosity” and magnificent tone, American violinist Chad Hoopes remains one of the most consistent and versatile artists of his generation. 

Highlights of recent seasons include performances with the China Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, l’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Konzerthausorchester Berlin. He has performed with leading orchestras including the San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Houston symphonies, as well as the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. As an alumnus of the Bowers Program, Hoopes frequently performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center both on their tours and at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. He has performed recitals at the Ravinia Festival, the Tonhalle Zürich, the Louvre, the Kennedy Center and on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series.

Hoopes’ recordings include the Mendelssohn and Adams concertos with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, several on the Music@Menlo Live label, and as part of the complete volume of Bernstein’s Piano and Chamber Music, produced by the WDR Cologne.

Hoopes is a frequent guest artist at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland, the Rheingau Festival, and at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where he was named winner of the prestigious Audience Award. He served as the Munich Symphony Orchestra’s first artist-in-residence, a position created specifically for him after his highly acclaimed debut with the orchestra. 

Born in Florida, Hoopes began his violin studies at the age of three in Minneapolis, and continued his training at the Cleveland Institute of Music with David Cerone. He studied at the Kronberg Academy under the guidance of Professor Ana Chumachenco, who remains his mentor. Hoopes is a 2017 recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and won first prize at the 2008 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. He plays the 1991 Samuel Zygmuntowicz violin formerly owned by Isaac Stern. 

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