Deborah Hoffman

Deborah Hoffman has been principal harpist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1986. She is also solo harpist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York City and a former member of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Ms. Hoffman pursues an active international career as both soloist and chamber musician. She has performed at the festivals of Aspen, Holland, Saratoga, Spoleto, Caramoor, Waterloo, Sitka, and Flagstaff. Ms. Hoffman has appeared as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall under the baton of James Levine. She has also toured extensively in Latin America as soloist with the National Orchestras of Chile, Costa Rica, and Colombia.

Ms. Hoffman was the first-prize winner of the 1981 American Harp Society Competition, and in 1978 was a top prizewinner in the Seventh International Harp Competition in Israel. In 1983 she was chosen to represent the United States in a recital at the First World Harp Congress in the Netherlands. As a member of the Hoffman Chamber Soloists, an ensemble comprised of her three brothers and parents, she has performed throughout Canada and the United States.

Ms. Hoffman received both bachelor and master of music degrees from The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Susann McDonald.

Deborah Hoffman records for Arabesque Records and has recently completed a recording of original transcriptions of Chopin works.

Ms. Hoffman is chairperson of the harp department at Manhattan School of Music and has been a faculty member since 1997.