Concertmaster: Benjamin Hoffman

Benjamin Hoffman, student of Alexander Kerr at Indiana University, began studying the violin at age four under the tutelage of his mother. He continued his studies with Kurt Sassmanshaus at the University of Cincinnati and Gabriel Pegis of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, later to study with Latica Honda-Rosenberg at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Freiburg.

Benjamin is an avid orchestral and chamber musician, serving as concertmaster and section player in ensembles such as the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, the Indiana University Chamber, Philharmonic, and Festival orchestras, the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at Aspen, and the New World Symphony. As a chamber musician, Benjamin particularly enjoys studying string quartet repertoire as well as contemporary music, and has performed alongside mentors such as Wolfram Christ, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Jorja Fleezanis, and Stephen Wyrczynski.

As part of the piano quartet Onibatan, Benjamin performed with his family on a 2005 tour to China and continues to perform with the group in the United States. Benjamin has worked closely with such artists as Aaron Rosand, Alice Schoenfeld, and Dora Schwarzberg and has won numerous competitions performing works by Mozart, Dvorak, Lalo, Chausson, and Saint-Saëns with orchestra.

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