The founder of the American Chamber Players was also a broadcaster and classical music commentator


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US violist Miles Hoffman died on Saturday 18 August 2023. He was founder and violist of the American Chamber Players, and was the Virginia I. Norman distinguished visiting professor of chamber music at the Schwob School of Music, in Columbus, GA.

A graduate of Yale University and the Juilliard School, in 2003 he was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Centenary College of Louisiana in recognition of his achievements as a performer and educator. Hoffman served as dean of the Petrie School of Music from 2007 to 2010 and associate professor of viola and chamber music from 2010 to 2014. 

’As a world-renowned violist, conductor and commentator, his inspirational passion for performing, teaching and advocacy for music has left an indelible mark on the Petrie School of Music,’ said the school in a statement. ’We extend our deepest sympathies and thoughts to his family and loved ones as they mourn this painful loss.’

As a broadcaster, Hoffman served as a classical music commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition since 2002, and in 1997, published NPR Classical Music Companion: An Essential Guide for Enlightened Listening. His Minutes with Miles modules were produced by South Carolina Public Radio, many of which were recently compiled into the book Inside the World of Classical Music: 205 Illuminating Mini-Essays. Hoffman also wrote articles for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The Wilson Quarterly.

He gave numerous masterclasses, workshops and outreach programmes across the US and was a featured lecturer and keynote speaker for orchestras, chamber music series, festivals, and various professional organisations and conferences.

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