Rice University cello professor to visit Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Rice University cello professor Desmond Hoebig will present a masterclass for Penn State cello students at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 14, in Esber Recital Hall. His visit to campus is hosted by Penn State cellist Kim Cook. Admission is free.

Hoebig, professor at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Texas, 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 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.

Last Updated April 10, 2017