Born into a musical family, conductor and violist Toby Hoffman began his musical training at the age of six studying the violin with his mother Esther Glazer. He continued his studies at the Juilliard School as a violist studying with Paul Doktor where he became the only two time winner of the Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition. After graduating from the Juilliard School with both Bachelor and Masters degrees in Music, he began an international career performing with many of today's most prominent musicians at many of the world’s most prestigious international music festivals and concert halls including those of Salzburg, Ravinia, Taipei, Napoli, Athens, Stavanger, Marlboro, Saratoga, Mostly Mozart, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, La Jolla, Seattle, Chamber Music Northwest, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and La Scala, among many others. As a viola soloist, his orchestral appearances include performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Het Gelders Orchestra, Teatro di Genova, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, Buffalo Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra and the Prague Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Hoffman has had a long association with the violin virtuoso Salvatore Accardo in both the concert hall and recording studio.
Together they have recorded nearly all of the chamber music works of Mozart including the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, the Two Duos for Violin and Viola, the Divertimento String Trio and the Six Viola Quintets, in addition to many other chamber works by Beethoven, Schubert, Tschaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Dvorak and Chausson.
As part of the Pollini project, he played chamber music with Maurizio Pollini at La Scala, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the 92nd Street Y in New York.
Mr. Hoffman’s extensive discography also includes a release of French chamber music with Andre Previn, as well as several recordings with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Marlboro Music Festival.
For ten years, Mr. Hoffman was an artistic director of Bargemusic in New York. He was a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society and has been a guest violist with the Jerusalem, Fine Arts and Tokyo String Quartets. In 1988, he performed the world premeire of the Piano Quartet by Alfred Schnittke at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland.
Mr. Hoffman studied conducting with the master Finnish conducting pedagogue Jorma Panula. Under his tutelage, he conducted orchestras including the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Nurnberger Symphoniker, Plzen Radio Symphony, Brasov Philharmonic, Slovak State Philharmonic Kosice, Gävle Sinfoni Orchestra, Vaasa City Orchestra, Kuopio City Orchestra, and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. At the Festval Consonances in France he conducted the premiere of the Violin Concerto "Jeux" by Wytautas Barkauskas and he has conducted concerts in the University of Cincinnati Festival of New Music. As a guest conductor he has been invited to conduct many orchestras worldwide including the Johannesburg Philharmonic, Orquesta Filharmónica de Cali, Pori Sinfonietta, Seinäjoki City Orchestra, Erkel Chamber Orchestra, the Cappella Istropolitana, the Kirkkonummen Kamariorkesteri, Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, I Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano.
As an educator, Mr. Hoffman has held the position of Artist in Residence at Harvard University and has been a member of the faculties of Carnegie-Mellon University and the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. Mr. Hoffman was a Professor of Chamber Music and Orchestral Studies at the Universidade do Minho, Portugal. He has given master-classes at the New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Citta di Castello, Kuhmo, Turku, and the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam.
Mr. Hoffman is a conducting teacher of the conducting class at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. He is also a teacher of the Young Conductors Class at the Sibelius Academy, sharing the class with Jorma Panula.
Mr. Hoffman is the Music Director of the Braga Orquestra in Portugal.
Mr. Hoffman performs on an Antonio and Hieronymus Amati viola made in Cremona, Italy in 1628, formerly belonging to Queen Victoria of England.
Toby Hoffman last performed for La Jolla Music Society during SummerFest 2012.