A member of the Sarasota Music Festival faculty since 2007
Desmond Hoebig is the former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. He is a member of the faculty at Rice University Shepherd School of Music. Mr. 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.