The twenty-year-old American violinist Chad Hoopes has appeared with numerous ensembles throughout the world since he won fi rst prize at the Young Artists Division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. During the 2011- 12 season, he was the third Artist-in-Residence in the history of the classical Minnesota Public Radio. As part of MPR's Artist-In-Residence programme, Chad played concerts throughout the greater Minneapolis/St Paul area and also took part in and led educational activities at local schools.
His recent debuts include such orchestras as the Vancouver Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Utah Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Brussels Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Upcoming debuts include the Philharmonie Gasteig with Munich Symphony Orchestra, his debuts with Orchestre de Paris and KBS Symphony Korea.
Chad Hoopes is a frequent guest artist at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad (Switzerland). Other appearances include Dresdner Musikfestspiele and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where he was recently named winner of the prestigious audience award.
Beyond the concert hall, Chad's virtuosity and exuberant personality have been featured on the CBS Early Show, NBC affiliate station WKYC (Cleveland). He was the soloist on the Emmy Award-winning June 2007 television commercial for the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team produced by SportsTime Ohio Network, which aired on NBC on SportsTime Ohio and on ESPN.
Chad began his violin studies in Minneapolis. He later trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music under David Cerone and Joel Smirnoff and went on to study with Ottawa's NAC Young Artists Program and at the Heifetz Institute. Since the autumn of 2013 he has studied as a Young Soloist at the Kronberg Academy with Professor Ana Chumachenco.
Chad Hoopes is the winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize 2013. He plays the 1713 Antonio Stradivari Cooper; Hakkert; ex Ceci violin, courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.
Chad Hoopes is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at IMG Artists.