ABOUT THE ARTIST
MILES HOFFMAN is the founder and violist of the American Chamber Players, and the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Chamber Music at the Schwob School of Music of Columbus (GA) State University. The ACP has for thirty years toured throughout North America, engaged and re-engaged by prestigious concert series from Florida to British Columbia. Mr. Hoffman appears frequently in recital and as viola soloist with orchestras across the country, performing repertoire ranging from Bach to Penderecki.
He played the world premiere of the Lawrence Weiner viola concerto, the American premiere of the Penderecki Cadenza for solo viola, the Washington, DC premiere of the Penderecki Viola Concerto, and, with the United States Marine Band (“The President’s Own”), the first East Coast performance in decades of the Morton Gould Concertette for viola and concert band. He has also commissioned or premiered works by Roger Ames, Seymour Barab, Max Raimi, and Bruce Saylor, among other contemporary American composers, and on YouTube his solo performances have received well over a half million views. His radio modules, A Minute with Miles, are a daily feature of South Carolina Public Radio, other networks around the country, and NPR Podcasts, and as music commentator for NPR’s flagship news program, Morning Edition, he is regularly heard by a national audience of nearly 14 million people. His musical commentary, “Coming to Terms,” was a weekly favorite throughout the United States from 1989 to 2002 on NPR’s Performance Today, and his book, The NPRâ Classical Music Companion: An Essential Guide for Enlightened Listening, first published in 1997, is now in its tenth printing from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He has written articles for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wilson Quarterly, and one of his Wilson Quarterly essays, “Music’s Missing Magic,” was included in Houghton Mifflin’s 2006 Best American Spiritual Writing anthology.
A distinguished teacher and clinician, and former dean of the Petrie School of Music at Converse College—where he was also Associate Professor of Viola—Mr. Hoffman has presented countless master classes, workshops, children’s programs, and other educational programs at schools, colleges, and conservatories around the country, and he has been a featured lecturer and keynote speaker for orchestras, chamber music series, festivals, and various professional organizations and conferences. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Juilliard School, and in 2003 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Centenary College of Louisiana in recognition of his achievements as a performer and educator.