Robert Hoffman is a musician whose diverse professional life includes performing on Double Bass, teaching adult education music appreciation and history classes, and writing musical articles and concert program notes.
He has toured as Principal Bass with the Goldovsky Opera Company under Boris Goldovsky, played with the Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler and John Williams, and was Principal Bass in two inaugural concert seasons of the New York String Orchestra under Alexander Schneider of the Budapest Quartet. He currently performs regularly with SymphonyNH, Portsmouth Symphony, Longwood Symphony (the “Doctor’s Orchestra”), New England Philharmonic, and many other ensembles. He is also an accomplished chamber musician. He has studied with Homer Mensch (NBC Symphony & NY Philharmonic), Leslie Martin (BSO), and Eddie Gomez (Bill Evans Trio).
Mr. Hoffman finds immense joy in sharing his love of music with his adult and young students. In addition to teaching music classes for MCMS, he has also led sessions in classical music and jazz at Rivier University’s RISE program and a series at regional libraries under the auspices of Portsmouth Symphony. His strong belief that music brings people together in new and perhaps unexpected ways was reinforced by an adult student who said (as a result of and in gratitude for his class on Beethoven) that “Robert Hoffman changed my life…my hibernating desire to play the piano, sleeping for over fifty years, was awakened…My retirement life has become more exciting and purposeful.” He is honored and grateful to have received such an accolade.