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Music Director, Orchestre National de Belgique (from 2017)
The energetic and fiery Hugh Wolff started his career in his home country with positions in New Jersey and Saint Paul. Most recently he was Principal Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra where he established his name as serious and dynamic music maker. Now based in the US, Wolff remains a regular guest conductor with orchestras in Europe, the USA, the Far East and Australia. Wolff’s repertoire interests span baroque performance practice to the championing of new works.
17 May 2016
As part of a day-long event conceived by architect Daniel Libeskind in cooperation with Alte Oper Frankfurt, Hugh Wolff returns to lead Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra for two unique...
08 Apr 2016
Hugh Wolff returns to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington for three concerts featuring violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and Kennedy Center...
26 Feb 2016
The new chief conductor of the Belgian National Orchestra is known. The Orchestra and ICA are delighted to announce that from September 2017, American conductor Hugh Wolff takes over the baton...
11 Jan 2016
Hugh Wolff steps in at short notice to conduct Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra...
26 Oct 2015
Hugh Wolff will visit Austria next week, conducting Tonkünstler Orchester in 3 concerts at Musikverein, Vienna and the Festpielhaus in St Pölten from 1 - 3 November....
11 Aug 2015
Next week, Hugh will conduct Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra as part of this year’s Aspen Music Festival. The orchestra will perform Mahler Symphony No. 5 and Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4, the...
15 Jun 2015
Hugh Wolff makes his first appearance at the Sarasota Music Festival this week, a festival that showcases the talents of student musicians by inviting internationally recognized guest artists to...
13 Apr 2015
Hugh Wolff returns to Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR to conduct the world’s premier solo percussionist, Evelyn Glennie in Dougherty’s Dreamachine, premiered in May 2014. Hugh and Evelyn...
24 Feb 2015
Hugh Wolff will make his debut with Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur this week, conducting an exciting programme of Stravinksy Fireworks, Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 and Dvorak Violin...
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Cincinnati.com - Jan 2011
ArtsAtl - Nov 2010
The Australian - Jun 2009
Washington Post - Nov 2009
Hugh Wolff is among the leading conductors of his generation. He has appeared with all the major American orchestras including those of Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Cleveland. Wolff is much in demand in Europe, where he has conducted the London Symphony, the Philharmonia, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Orchestre National de France, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Czech Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Bavarian and Berlin Radio Orchestras, and is a regular guest conductor with orchestras in Canada, Japan, Korea, Scandinavia and Australia. He is also a frequent conductor at summer music festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood and Ravinia.
Hugh Wolff has been named as the next Music Director of the Orchestre National de Belgique from September 2017. Between 1997 – 2006 Wolff was principal conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra with whom he maintains a close relationship. They have toured Europe, Japan and China together and appeared at the Salzburg Festival. Wolff was principal conductor and then music director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (1988-2000), with whom he recorded twenty discs and toured the United States, Europe, Japan and the Far East. Of this partnership, the New York Times wrote: “the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Hugh Wolff, has developed an effortlessly polished sound ... Wolff shapes his interpretations with impeccable taste.”
A conductor whose interests span baroque performance practice to the championing of new works, Wolff was music director of the New Jersey Symphony (1986-1993) and Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival (1994-1997). He began his professional career in 1979 as associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra under Mstislav Rostropovich.
Wolff has an extensive discography including a complete set of Beethoven symphonies with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, music from the baroque to the present with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and new works of John Corigliano, Brett Dean, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis and Mark-Anthony Turnage. He has collaborated on CD with Msitislav Rostropovich, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Edgar Meyer, Dawn Upshaw, Jennifer Larmore, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and jazz guitarist John Scofield. Three times nominated for a Grammy Award, Wolff won the 2001 Cannes Classical Award.
Born in Paris to American parents, Wolff spent his early years in London and Washington DC. His final year in high school, he studied piano with Leon Fleisher and composition with George Crumb. After graduating from Harvard College in 1975, Wolff won a fellowship to study conducting with Charles Bruck and composition with Olivier Messiaen in Paris. He returned to the United States to continue piano studies with Fleisher at the Peabody Institute. Throughout his career, Wolff has performed as a pianist in chamber music with orchestral colleagues and guest soloists.
In addition to his performing career, Wolff holds the Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Director of Orchestras chair at New England Conservatory where he is in charge of four orchestras and teaches graduate students in orchestral conducting.
Wolff and his wife, Judith Kogan, have three sons and live in Boston.
Melanie Diener (Soprano), Nathalie Stutzmann (Alto), Jorma Silvasti (Tenor), Dietrich Henschel (Bass)
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks NDR Chor
Released on HR
Meyer: Double Concerto for cello, double bass and orchestra
Bottesini: Double-bass Concerto No.2 in B minor
Meyer: Double Bass Concerto in D major
Bottesini: Gran Duo Concertante for violin, double-bass and orchestra
Edgar Meyer (Double-bass)
Joshua Bell (Violin)
Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Released on Sony Classical, June 2002
Released on CPO, 29 November 2004
John Scofield (guitar), John Patitucci (electric bass), Peter Erskine (percussion)
HR Big Band
Released on Deutsche Grammophon, November 2003
Released on HR