Hofer, Dr. Jakob
Violin Instructor
Last Updated: 10/24/18 -

Jakob Hofer has performed across the United States and Europe as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. As a founding member of the Rosco String Quartet, he won first place in the 2014 MTNA National Chamber Music Competition, was placed as a finalist in the 2015 American Prize competition, performed at Utah Symphony's Deer Valley Music Festival, and participated in the Robert Mann Quartet Institute and the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar in New York City. Dr. Hofer has performed in Masterclasses and received instruction from many great artists such as Renaud Capucon, Stephen Clapp, James Stern, Aaron Berofsky, and Charles Castleman, and has been coached by some of the world’s greatest chamber musicians including members of the Juilliard, Emerson, Takacs, Muir, Brentano, and Miro String Quartets. Dr. Hofer has also performed as concertmaster of the Utah Philharmonia, Loudoun Symphony, Peabody Concert Orchestra, and as a member of the York Symphony and the Round Top Festival Orchestra. Aside from violin performance, Dr. Hofer is also trained in authentic baroque performance and orchestral conducting. He also enjoys performing new music and has premiered chamber works by many contemporary composers, and frequently performs with the Salty Cricket Composer's Collective.

Jakob Hofer is a violin and chamber music instructor at the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City, and is an adjunct professor of violin at Utah Valley University's music department. Before moving to Utah in 2011, he held teaching positions at the Olenka School of Music, the Bel Air School of Music and Dance, the Baltimore Suzuki String Orchestra camp, and the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra’s Bridges program (an after-school program for Baltimore's inner-city elementary schools). He received his pedagogical training through the pedagogy program at the Peabody Institute and Prepartory in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jakob Hofer developed a strong sense of musicianship and won several competitions at a young age. Under the tutelage of Mischa Lefkowitz of the Los Angeles Philharmonic he was a finalist in the Music Teachers Association of California’s Young Artist Guild Competition, and at age 16 was accepted to Juilliard’s International Summer Music Academy in Leipzig, Germany. Dr. Hofer completed a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance and a Master of Music degree in violin performance and pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with the acclaimed chamber musician and violinist Violaine Melancon. While at Peabody Dr. Hofer was awarded the J.C. Van Hulsteyn Award in Strings: Violin, the Peabody Career Development Grant, and the Lime Kiln Foundation Scholarship. He completed his dissertation on the Bloch Violin Concerto and received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Utah in 2016.

Dr. Hofer’s violin is a 1956 Nicholas Vasich, and his bow is by David Samuels. Dr. Hofer resides in Salt Lake City with his wife, Laurel Elizabeth Hofer, who is an accomplished vocalist, composer, and music educator.