„[an] impressive, […] prodigiously talented [musician with an] enormous stamina and brilliant, zippy sound“
- The New York Times
Acclaimed by critics worldwide for his exceptional talent and magnificent tone, 22 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.
In the 2015-2016 season he 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“. In the same season he was also Munich Symphony Orchestra’s first Artist in Residence, a position created specifically for him. In future seasons he will go on a tour with Orchestre Symphonique de Strasbourg, perform at Ravinia Festival and Beethovenfest Bonn (a concert presented by Sir András Schiff), with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Spain and will return to MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kristjan Järvi. In October 2014, Chad Hoopes celebrated a highly successful debut with Orchestre de Paris at Salle Pleyel.
Among other highlights of last seasons he gave his recital debut at Tonhalle Zürich, went on a tour to Russia with MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, played performances with Vancouver Symphony and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, performed at Dresdner Musikfestspiele and gave his highly acclaimed Munich debut with the Munich Symphony Orchestra. Further highlights of recent seasons included invitations to the Louvre in Paris, Rheingau Musik Festival and Moritzburg Festival as well as his debut with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine in addition to several performances with New York's Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) in the US and Europe.
Since 2014 Chad Hoopes is a member of the prestigious CMS Two Program. His debut recording with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kristjan Järvi (Mendelssohn and Adams concertos) was released in spring 2014 on the French label Naïve and enthusiastically received by both press and public. 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. 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 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.
Chad Hoopes is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at Dorn Music.