Desmond Hoebig

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A member of the Sarasota Music Festival faculty since 2007

Hoebig is principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra and a cello professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is the former associate principal of l´Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and former principal cellist for the Cincinnati Symphony and Houston Symphony Orchestras. Hoebig won first place at the Munich International Competition, CBC Talent Competition and Canadian Music Competition, and was an award-winner in Moscow's Tchaikowsky Competition. He has been a featured guest soloist with all the major orchestras in Canada, as well as the Cincinnati, Houston and Madison Symphonies, Stuttgart Philharmonic and the Radiodifusao Portuguesa (Lisbon). A former cellist in the Orford String Quartet, Hoebig also has appeared at the Marlborough, Vancouver, Banff, Steamboat Springs and Scotia Festivals. He has three recordings with pianist Andrew Tunis – one of which, "Beethoven: Music for Cello and Piano," was nominated for a Juno Award.


Written byHerald Tribune

 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byThe Observer

 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

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