Rice University cello professor Desmond Hoebig presents a masterclass for Penn State cello students. His visit to campus is hosted by Penn State cellist Kim Cook.
Desmond Hoebig, professor at the Shepherd School of Music - Rice University, has had a distinguished career as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician.
Hoebig was born in 1961 and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He studied with James Hunter, Jack Mendelsohn and Ian Hampton. In 1978, he moved to Philadelphia to study with David Soyer at the Curtis Institute of Music. He received his bachelor and master’s degrees at the Juilliard School with Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins, and participated in masterclasses with Janos Starker and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi at the Banff Centre.
He won the first prize at the Munich International Competition (1984), the Grand Prize of the CBC Talent Competition (1981), and the Canadian Music Competition (1980). He was also an award winner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1982).
Hoebig has been a soloist with many prominent orchestras in North America, including ensembles in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. His international orchestral engagements have been in Germany, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Mexico, and Columbia.
As a chamber musician, Hoebig was the cellist with the Orford String Quartet when they won a Juno award for the best classical music album in 1990. He has also performed for 30 years with the Hoebig-Moroz Trio and a duo with Andrew Tunis. He has taught and performed at festivals throughout North America, including; Aspen, Banff, La Hoya, Marlboro, Music Bridge, Orcas Island, Sarasota, and Steamboat Springs.
Before joining the faculty of the Shepherd School, Hoebig was principal cellist of the Cleveland, Houston, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras.