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21 year old American violinist Chad Hoopes has been appearing with numerous ensembles throughout the world since he won the first prize at the Young Artists Division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. His exceptional talent and magnificent tone are acclaimed by critics worldwide, inspiring the New York Times to describe him as an “impressive, […] prodigiously talented” musician with an “enormous stamina and brilliant, zippy sound”. He recently had a highly successful debut with Orchestre de Paris at Salle Pleyel. Further highlights of the last seasons include a tour to Russia with MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, performances with Vancouver Symphony and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, recital debut at Tonhalle Zürich, and a performance at Dresdner Musikfestspiele. His Munich debut with the Munich Symphony Orchestra was highly acclaimed by Süddeutsche Zeitung, and has led to an invitation to be the Munich Symphony Orchestra’s first Artist in Residence in the current season. In October 2013 he was signed by the French label NAÏVE. His first recording with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kristjan Järvi (Mendelssohn and Adams concertos) was released in spring 2014, and was enthusiastically

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21 year old American violinist Chad Hoopes has been appearing with numerous ensembles throughout the world since he won the first prize at the Young Artists Division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. His exceptional talent and magnificent tone are acclaimed by critics worldwide, inspiring the New York Times to describe him as an “impressive, […] prodigiously talented” musician with an “enormous stamina and brilliant, zippy sound”.

He recently had a highly successful debut with Orchestre de Paris at Salle Pleyel. Further highlights of the last seasons include a tour to Russia with MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, performances with Vancouver Symphony and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, recital debut at Tonhalle Zürich, and a performance at Dresdner Musikfestspiele. His Munich debut with the Munich Symphony Orchestra was highly acclaimed by Süddeutsche Zeitung, and has led to an invitation to be the Munich Symphony Orchestra’s first Artist in Residence in the current season. In October 2013 he was signed by the French label NAÏVE. His first recording with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kristjan Järvi (Mendelssohn and Adams concertos) was released in spring 2014, and was enthusiastically received by both press and public.

Upcoming highlights of season 2015/16 are return invitations at the Louvre in Paris, Rheingau Musik Festival at Mozart Nacht, Kloster Eberbach, Moritzburg and Mosel Music Festivals, as well as his debut with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine. Chad will tour in Germany with Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and conductor Dennis Russell Davis, in UK with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and Kristjan Järvi, and in Frence with Orchestre National d’Ile de France. He will return to perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo.

In 2014 he was admitted into renowned CMS Two Program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. This season he will be playing several concerts at Lincoln Center in New York and tour throughout Europe and the US.

Chad is a frequent guest artist at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland and at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where he was named the winner of the prestigious audience award. He also received the Cleveland Arts Prize 2013.
He performs with leading symphony orchestras such as San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston, and Trondheim, as well as Minnesota Orchestra, Brussels Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada.

He was the third Artist-in-Residence in the history of the Classical Minnesota Public Radio, during the 2011/12 season. As part of MPR's Artist-In-Residence program, Chad played concerts throughout the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area and also took part in and led educational activities at local schools. At each school he talked about the importance of music and the arts and was joined by Classical MPR host Steve Staruch. Chad also posted blogs at classicalmpr.org.

Outside the concert hall, Chad's virtuosity and exuberant personality have been featured on the CBS Early Show, NBC affiliate station WKYC (Cleveland), NPR station WCLV in Ohio, ABC affiliate station KSTP Twin Cities Live, and on PBS's From the Top: Live at Carnegie Hall. He was the soloist on the Emmy Award-winning June 2007 television commercial for the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team produced by SportsTime Ohio Network, which aired on NBC on SportsTime Ohio and on ESPN.

Chad began his violin studies at the age of three in Minneapolis, and continued his training later at the Cleveland Institute of Music under David Cerone and Joel Smirnoff, and from 2013-15 (as a Young Soloist) at Kronberg Academy under the tutelage of Professor Ana Chumachenco, who remains his mentor. These studies at Kronberg Academy were funded by the Hilmar Kopper Scholarship. 

Chad plays the 1713 Antonio Stradivari Cooper; Hakkert; ex Ceci violin, courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.

Chad Hoopes is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at IMG Artists.

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Reviews

"This young man has a sense of musical drama far beyond his years."

Arts Sarasota

"The cover of this impressive CD [MENDELSSOHN/JOHN ADAMS: Violin Concertos] shows the prodigiously talented American violinist Chad Hoopes in a hooded sweatshirt, a bow balanced on his folded arms. There’s balance, too, in the choice of repertory here: Mendelssohn’s evergreen concerto in an urgent, passionate rendition, and that of John Adams, showing off Mr. Hoopes’s enormous stamina and brilliant, zippy sound."

The New York Times

"His performance of the Mendelssohn […] points to a musician with all the technical gifts that these days are accepted as norms but also with stylistic taste, purity of tone and an attractive blend of flair and interpretative discretion."

Gramophone, Geoffrey Norris

"In the John Adams Concerto […] Hoopes imparts an air of chaste innocence to this blazingly inventive score, discovering in the opening movement a rhythmic swing with an indisputably American accent"

The Strad, Julian Haylock

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Discography