Chad Hoopes, extraordinary violinist, began playing the violin as a child prodigy. At age 17, he already possesses the kind of technical mastery, ease of expression and joyful talent that come along only once in a generation.
"Hoopes performed Vivaldi's Four Seasons with such aplomb and sensitivity that the audience were in tears."-South Wales Echo
He is the 2008 first prize winner of the Junior Division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition and has appeared with numerous ensembles throughout the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. His performance with the Cincinnati Pops last October has been released by Telarc in collaboration with NPR's From the Top.
He was the soloist in the Emmy Award-winning June 2007 television commercial for the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team produced by SportsTime Ohio Network, which aired on NBC, SportsTime Ohio and ESPN.
Here is a video of his performance on the Early Morning television show when he was just thirteen years old after winning the Yehudi Menuhin Competition and voted the best young violinist in the world.
Beyond the concert hall, Chad's virtuosity and charismatic personality have been seen and heard on the CBS Early Show, National Public Radio, NBC affiliate station WKYC (Cleveland), WCLV 104.9 FM in Ohio, ABC affiliate station KSTP-TV (Minneapolis) and on PBS's From the Top at Carnegie Hall.
During the 2010-11 season, Chad Hoopes is performing with orchestras throughout North America, including a re-engagement with the San Francisco Symphony and a gala concert with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Pinchas Zukerman. Recent European appearances include Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy, and recitals in Italy and Germany. Following his debut at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad in August 2009, Chad received an immediate re-invitation and appeared again this past summer. He was subsequently re-engaged and will make his third appearance there in Summer 2012.
Chad began his violin studies at the age of four in Minneapolis with Nancy Lokken and continued with Sally O'Reilly at the University of Minnesota, and David Russell at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He currently studies with David Cerone and William Preucil at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He was a student in the ENCORE School for Strings for four summers and has also studied at the Kent/Blossom Festival, the Bravo School for Strings, the Meadowmount School for Music, and with Pinchas Zukerman at Ottawa’s NAC Young Artists Program. In April 2008, he won first prize in the Young Artists Division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition.
In addition to his solo engagements, Chad Hoopes performs in a trio with his two sisters; they appeared live on From the Top in 2007 and have been featured twice on The Early Show, on WCLV radio, and on WVIZ TV in Cleveland. Chad is also active in the Boy Scouts of America, having advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout. He plays the 1713 Antonio Stradivari Cooper; Hakkert; ex Ceci violin, courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.