Paul Hoffmann

Piano, Conducting

Paul Hoffmann, pianist and conductor, made his debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus in 1973 while on a Fulbright grant to Austria, and has since concertized in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He is founder of HELIX! New Music Ensemble. In addition to his solo concerts, he currently concertizes in two professional duos: one with Tom Goldstein, percussionist, in the Hoffmann/Goldstein Duo, and one with Karina Bruk, pianist, in the Bruk/Hoffmann Piano Duo. 

He has studied with Leon Fleisher, Cecile Genhart, Deter Weber, Kurt Neumuller, and Brooks Smith. His piano students have won awards in various local, national and international piano competitions. Hoffmann teaches both traditional and more modern repertoire.

Hoffmann has made over 20 recordings of solo piano and chamber music for Innova, Capstone, Orion, CRI, Northeastern, Composers Guild of New Jersey, Contemporary Record Society, O.O. Discs, Spectrum, and Vienna Modern Masters labels and has made numerous radio broadcasts in the US as well as for Voice of America, Radio Cologne, Radio Frankfurt, and Radio France.

He has served on the jury of piano competitions including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and was the first US judge to be invited to the Concours International de Musique Contemporaine pour Piano in 1983 and 1986.

Hoffmann teaches piano and chamber music.

Professional Organization affiliation:
World Piano Congress
Piano Teachers Society of America
New Jersey Chinese Cultural Center

Director, U.S. Section, 3eme Concours International d'Interpretation de Musique Contemporain pour Piano (CIIMCP), New Brunswick, NJ, 1982-1983.

Adjudicator of 3eme and 4eme CIIMCP in 1983 and 1986, the ARTS competition (ETS) in 1981, and numerous local and statewide piano competitions from 1981-present.

Adjudicator for the 1992 and 1995 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Semi-finals.

  • Courses Taught

    Piano Performance (BM, MM, DMA)
    Chamber Music
    20th Century Performance Seminar

  • Education

    Doctoral studies, Peabody Conservatory
     Hochschule für Musik, Vienna, Austria
     Hochschule für Musik, "Mozarteum", Salzburg, Austria
    Master of Music, Eastman School of Music
    Bachelor of Music, Eastman School of Music

  • Publications

    Sound Recordings (mp3s, long playing discs, tapes, compact discs, video, television, radio, film):


    James Dashow - Music for Small Ensembles (CD) Capstone Records CPS-8659 –
    A Sheaf of Times by James Dashow, a septet for flute/piccolo, clarinet, harp, percussion, piano, violin and cello. Recording sponsored by the Fromm Foundation.  First recording of HELIX! New Music Ensemble, and my recording debut as conductor. Recording was made 3/21/97. Released January 1999.

    Solo Piano:

    BlueStrider for Piano– (mp3), 2007.
    A recording of my live NYC premiere performance of BlueStrider for Piano by Jeff Harrington, performed on May 18, 2007.

    Celestial Voices- (CD) music by Orlando Jacinto Garcia, O. O. Discs #0042, 1999.
    Recorded Retratos I for piano and tape.

    Wind in the Channel- (CD) music by Stuart Smith, O.O. Discs #0031, 1997.
    Recorded solos Pinetop, Aussie Blue, Notebook and chamber work, Gifts with John Fonville, flute and Thomas Goldstein, percussion.

    Music by Jerome Goodman- Sear Sound, Inc., (tape), 1992.
    Poem, Convolutions, and Three Concert Etudes.

    Jersey Sessions I- Composers Guild of New Jersey, CGNJ-0989 (tape & CD), 1989.
    Phoenix by Robert Moevs and Toccata No. 2 and Shimmy by George Antheil

    Contrasts- Contemporary Record Society, CRS-8739, (LP) 1988.
    Song Without (Good) Wordsby Charles Ives; Translucences by William Kraft;
    A little piano music, Gerald Chenoweth

    Memory Bands- Spectrum Records, SR-311, (LP) 1987.
    Pinetop by Stuart Smith

    Chamber Music:

    Hall of Mirrors– (CD) Innova Recordings #681, 2009.
    Music by Elliott Schwartz – Recording by the Hoffmann/Goldstein Duo of “Crystals” which was commissioned and written for the Hoffmann/Goldstein Duo and was recorded in 2006; New Music Series, Vol. 4, #450-102 NEUMA Records, 2002.

    Crossfade (CD) Capstone Recordings Inc., CPS 8691, 2001.
    Recordings by the Hoffmann/Goldstein Duo of duos for piano and percussion by Christian Wolff, Jo Kondo, Ralph Shapey, Stuart S. Smith and Patrick Hardish; Review: “A Majority of Two” by John de Clef Pineiro, New Music Connoissieur, New York City, December 2001.

    Thomas DeLio / James Dashow- (CD) Capstone Recordings, Inc., CPS 8645, 1998.   
    Recording of not by Thomas DeLio with Tom Goldstein, percussion.                   

    Wind in the Channel- (CD) music by Stuart Smith, O.O. Discs #0031, 1997.                                                   
    Recorded solos Pinetop, Aussie Blue, Notebook and chamber work, Gifts with John Fonville, flute and Thomas Goldstein, percussion.

    On and Off the Keys - (CD) Vienna Modern Masters, VMM#2016, 1996.
    Sonata for Bassoon and Piano by Brian Kershner with Brian Kershner, bassoon.

    Stuart Saunders Smith: 25-Year Retrospective(CD) Studio 508 Productions, 1995.                                                        
    Part for piano, flute, and cello with Gail Cameron and Jeanne Jaubert.
    Gifts for piano, flute, and percussion with Gail Cameron and Tom Goldstein.

    Music of Ruth Crawford- Composers Recordings, Inc. (CD) CRI CD 658, 1993.(American Masters Series)
    Three Songs for Oboe, Piano, Soprano, and Percussion by Ruth Crawford.                                                                      
    Remake of 1984 LP (CRI SD-501) recording.

    Crux  -  O.O. Discs #11, (CD) 1992.
    Notebook for flute, trumpet, double bass and piano, by Stuart Smith, with John Fonville, Edwin Harkins, and Bertram Turetsky.

    Jersey Sessions III- Composers Guild of New Jersey, CGNJ-0393 (tape & CD), 1992.
    Ballet Mecanique, for four pianos and ten percussion instruments, by George Antheil with Ray des Roches and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble.

    25 Preludes: A Musical Odyssey- Northeastern Classical Arts, NR 242-CD, 1990.
    A Game of Go, for two pianos by Haskell Small

    Jersey Sessions I- Composers Guild of New Jersey, CGNJ-0989 (tape & CD), 1989.
    Concertino for chamber orchestra by Roger Sessions

    James Ostryniec and Friends-  Composers Recordings, Inc., SD-501, (LP) 1984.Three Songs for Oboe, Piano, Soprano, and Percussion by Ruth Crawford, and Adagio Sostenuto for string  quartet and piano, by Charles Ives

    They Knew What They Wanted  - Orion #ORS-80380, (LP) 1980.
    for oboe, piano, percussion, and narrator, by Ernst Krenek


    Stuart Saunders Smith: A 25-Year Retrospective- University of Maryland Baltimore County
    (2 Video Tape Set), Studio 508 Productions,1995.
    Part,for piano, flute and cello with Gail Cameron and Jeanne Jaubert.
    Gifts,for piano, flute and percussion with Gail Cameron and Tom Goldstein.
    Flight,for flute and piano with Gail Cameron.

    Radio Broadcasts:

    Foreign -

            Radio Cologne - 1983 and 1985 (solos and chamber music)

            Radio Frankfurt - 1985 (solos and chamber music)

            Radio France - 1983 (solos)

            Voice of America - 1970 (concerto)

    U.S. -

    Live Radio Broadcast - "The Music Gallery", hosted by John Schaefer, on WNYC-FM 93.9 at the Kosciuszko Foundation, New York City.  Performed with Matt Sullivan, oboe, duos by Lutoslawski and the world premiere of Interpolations on Utopia Parkway by Laura Kaminsky. February 16, 1999.

    Various taped performances on public radio stations in New York City, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., and in the states of Colorado and New Jersey.

    WIIN Radio, AM, excerpts from taped performances of works by Brahms and Prokofiev, and interview, Dec. 9, 1983, Atlantic City, NJ, James G. Knight, host.


    New Jersey Network, public television, taped performance of excerpt from Charles Ives' "Concord" Sonata and interview with Liz Matt, host, broadcast May 28 & 30, 1982.


    "Conservatory", an educational documentary film made at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore featured performing solos by Bach and Virgil Thomson, 1981.

  • Awards

    Fulbright-Hays Grant for Study in Austria, 1972-74

    Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Piano Teachers Society of America, Carnegie Hall, 2001.

    Nominated for New Music Connoisseur’s, the New Music Champion Award, New York City, May 2002.

    Genia Robinor Pedagogy Awards for Excellence, presented by the Piano Teachers Society of America, Carnegie Hall, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and Drake Award for Excellence in Piano Ensemble Teaching, 1994.

    Laura R. Conover Pedagogy Award for Outstanding Teaching presented by the Cecilian Music Club.  Carnegie Hall, New York City.  November 1998.

    Rutgers Research Council Grant for recording, 1991.

    Listed in the International Who's Who in Music, tenth edition, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England. 1985.

    Listed in the Who's Who in American Music, New York, 1984.

    Named "Associate Teacher" by the American Music Scholarship Association, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 1982 and 1983.

    Rutgers Research Council Grant, travel grant to Paris, 1981.

  • Expertise


  • 732-932-8839
  • Marryott Music Building, Room 213

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