Acclaimed by critics worldwide for his exceptional talent and magnificent tone, 23 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.
„ ...jaw-dropping virtuosity [...] but also a gift for dramatic pacing and a distinctive, convincing sense of poetry [...] [A] sense of lyricism, gripping dramatic flow and intellectual depth all came together in a bravura performance“ hailed the Washington Post after his debut at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in January 2016.
Highlights of the current season include performances with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Queensland Symphony Orchestra as well as recitals at Ravinia Festival and Lincoln Center’s Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts in New York
City. In March 2017, Chad received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Former recipients include Kirill Gerstein, Yuja Wang, Leila Josefowicz, Joshua Bell and Hilary Hahn.
Chad Hoopes gave his debuts with Philadelphia Orchestra at Bravo Vail Festival under Bramwell Tovey, with National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts under Stéphane Denève and his Berlin debut with Konzerthausorchester Berlin under Dennis Russell Davies. In spring 2016 he also made his London debut at Royal Festival Hall with National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and conductor Kristjan Järvi performing Michael Daugherty’s violin concerto „Fire and Blood“. He also became Munich Symphony Orchestra’s first Artist in Residence, a position created specifically for him.
Other recent engagements include a highly successful debut with Orchestre de Paris at Salle Pleyel, a recital debut at Tonhalle Zürich, a tour to Russia with MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, performances with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, a performance at the Dresden Music Festival and his highly acclaimed Munich debut with the Munich Symphony Orchestra. He can also look back on invitations to the Louvre in Paris, Rheingau Musik Festival and Moritzburg Festival and his debut with Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine. In 2014, Chad Hoopes became a member of the prestigious CMS Two Program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
His debut recording with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kristjan Järvi featured Mendelssohn and Adams concertos and was released in spring 2014 on the French label Naïve and enthusiastically received by both press and public.
Chad Hoopes 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 has performed with leading orchestras such as San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Houston Symphony, as well as Minnesota 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.
Born in Florida, 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 at Kronberg Academy under the tutelage of Professor Ana Chumachenco, who remains his mentor. His studies at Kronberg Academy were funded by the Hilmar Kopper Scholarship.
He plays the 1991 Samuel Zygmuntowicz, ex Isaac Stern violin.