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“Enormous stamina…brilliant”  – The New York Times praises Chad Hoopes’ new recording:


May 9th 2014 –


American violinist Chad Hoopes’ new recording of the Mendelssohn and John Adams Violin Concertos (Naïve) is receiving rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.  The album, with Kristjan Järvi conducting the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, inspired Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim in The New York Times to characterize Chad as “impressive,” and “prodigiously talented” She continues, “There’s balance, too, in the choice of repertory here: Mendelssohn’s evergreen concerto in an urgent, passionate rendition, and that of John Adams, showing off Mr. Hoopes’s enormous stamina and brilliant, zippy sound.”

France Musique says, “With this concerto [John Adams] made a ‘hypermélodie’ the young violinist Chad Hoopes mastered perfectly, without falling through the trap of false expressiveness.  He gives an even interpretation, all weightless under the direction of Kristjan Järvi conducting.”


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More praise for Chad’s debut recording:


“His performance of the Mendelssohn…points to a musician with all the technical gifts hat these days are accepted as norms but also with stylistic taste, purity of tone and an attractive blend of flair and interpretative discretion.”

– Gramophone, Jeffrey Norris, June 1, 2014


“In the John Adams Concerto…Hoopes imparts an air of chaste innocence to this blazingly inventive score, discovering in the opening movement a rhythmic swing with an indisputably American accent.”

–The Strad, Julian Haylock, May 2, 2014




Chad Hoopes featured on cover of Strings Magazine  July 3, 2014


Volinist Chad Hoopes speaks with Strings magazine’s David Knowles about his Naïve debut, Mendelssohn/Adams Violin Concertos. Knowles writes that, “The album not only captures Hoopes’ markedly mature voice, but finds him equally at home on a romantic masterpiece as in a post-modern work,” before speaking with the young American, who won the 2008 Yehudi Menhuin International Violin Competition at age 13, about finding balance between life on the road, the worthiness of tackling challenges and how he envisions his future career.


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.Chad Hoopes’ recording of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in E minor and Adams’ Violin Concerto with MDR Sinfonieorchester under conductor Kristjan Järvi, is available in stores and online now.


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“This young man has a sense of musical drama far beyond his years.”– Arts Sarasota, February 13, 2012




Feature on Chad in the New Haven Register – October 1, 2013


"World Class Teen Violinist Chad Hoopes to Perform with New Haven Symphony Orchestra"  by Donna Doherty


It’s not often you get invited back so soon, and especially to be the season-opening guest soloist, but after the reaction 19-year-old violinist Chad Hoopes generated in 2012 with his New Haven Symphony Orchestra appearance, it was a no-brainer. The precocious Hoopes will join the symphony and NHSO Music Director William Boughton for its Tchaikovsky Triumphant concert to open its 120th season Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Woolsey Hall. The grand opening night features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto by Hoopes…


Hoopes arrives in town a few days early to do one of his favorite things — talk to young people about classical music, which he’ll do Tuesday with Music Haven students. “I try as much as possible to go into schools,” he said by phone a week ago. “This past weekend, I was in schools for 4½ hours talking to kids and playing. It’s not about presenting to them and teaching them about classical music. “You can’t teach a kid to love classical music, but I think by playing for them and them asking questions about my life, and what I do, is connecting with them.” He says they’re always surprised when they find that, yes, playing violin is actually a job he gets paid for.


“But I love all kinds of music, the pop music that they’re listening to, and it’s a way to connect and let them see that I’m on the same level.”…Hoopes is a globe-hopping teen who divides a packed concert schedule with studies with Ana Chumachenco at the Kronberg Academy near Frankfurt, Germany, where he really is just like the other students — combining pursuit of a degree with an already burgeoning music career. After New Haven, he heads to Europe for some studies, then to Leipzig, where he’s recording his debut album on the French label Naïve Records with The Leipzig Radio Orchestra, to Russia, back to school, London, Bavaria, school, then home to Cleveland for the holidays.


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