Hugh Wolff

Biography

Born: October 21, 1953  
Hugh Wolff, one of the few American conductors to enjoy a truly international reputation, has become especially renowned for his advocacy of contemporary music. Wolff, born in Paris to American parents, received a thorough musical training; he pursued formal studies in piano, composition, and conducting, earning degrees from Harvard University and the Peabody Institute. He also had the opportunity to study composition with Olivier Messiaen and Read more conducting with Charles Bruch in Paris.

Wolff's conducting career began in 1979, when he was appointed Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra; he served as associate conductor of that ensemble, then led by Mstislav Rostropovich, from 1982 to 1985. During that period he also served as music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic (1981-1986), his first such appointment. In 1985 became music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, a post he retained until 1992. From the 1980s to the present he has also appeared frequently as a guest conductor throughout the United States and Europe, including appearances with the Czech Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic.

Wolff came into new prominence through his association with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, which he led as principal conductor (1988-1991) and music director (1991-2000). During his tenure there, he recorded over 20 compact discs -- more than those of any other conductor of the SPCO -- of repertoire ranging from Vivaldi to Dvorak to Ravel to new works by young composers like Edgar Meyer. He also led the ensemble on a well-received European tour.

Since 1997 Wolff has served as chief conductor of the Radio Orchestra of Frankfurt. In 2001, his recordings of Antheil's Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6 and of Barber's and Meyer's violin concertos, with Hilary Hahn, won Cannes Classical awards. Read less
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    C.P.E. Bach, Vivaldi, Tartini: Cello Concertos / Rostropovich
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553992 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Hilary Hahn: The Complete Sony Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875126182 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Leonard Bernstein,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  Hugh Wolff,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Marek Janowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Thomas Hampson - Autograph
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564619045 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Charles Gounod,  Ambroise Thomas,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Charlotte Margiono,  Delores Ziegler,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Michel Plasson,  Antonio de Almeida,  Richard Armstrong  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra  ... 
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    New Music Collections, Vol. 3: Orchestral
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 206 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Causton,  Dominic Muldowney,  Nicholas Maw,  Richard Ayres  ... 
    Performer:  Roy Carter,  Wim Timmermans,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Robin Michael
    Conductor:  Nicholas Collon,  Michael T. Thomas,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Roland Kluttig  ... 
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  • 5.
    Meyer, Bottesini: Concertos / Edgar Meyer, Bell, Ma
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 56148 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Bottesini,  Edgar Meyer
    Performer:  Edgar Meyer,  Joshua Bell,  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    In the Shadow of War / Isserlis
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1992 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch,  Frank Bridge,  Stephen Hough
    Performer:  Steven Isserlis
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff,  Gábor Takács-Nagy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Tapiola Sinfonietta
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    Sergei Nakariakov - Trumpet & Orchestra  [6-CD Set]
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 993672 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  André Jolivet,  Henri Tomasi  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Nakariakov
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Hugh Wolff,  Jörg Faerber,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn  ... 
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  • 9.
    Boris Berezovsky - The Teldec Recordings
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 2564664684 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Leopold Godowsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Boris Berezovsky
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff,  Kurt Masur,  Dmitry Liss,  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Ural State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Hilary Hahn Spectacular
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 795069 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski,  Hugh Wolff,  David Zinman,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 11.
    Liszt Bicentary Edition, Vol. 5: Boris Berezovsky
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 20 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Boris Berezovsky
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
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    Brett Dean: Viola Concerto, 12 Angry Men, Komarov's Fall
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1696 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Brett Dean
    Performer:  Brett Dean
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff,  Simone Young
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sydney Symphony Orchestra,  Sydney Symphony Orchestra members
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  • 13.
    40 Most Beautiful Christmas Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 361852 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Adolphe Adam,  Michael Praetorius,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Michael George,  Sumi Jo,  Gottfried Bach,  Gottfried [Classical Keyboards] Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Stapleton,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Alexander Lazarev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  London Heinrich Schütz Choir  ... 
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  • 14.
    The Best Of Edgar Meyer / Ma, Bell, O'connor, Fleck, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 713233 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edgar Meyer,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Traditional
    Performer:  Edgar Meyer,  Joshua Bell,  Mike Marshall,  Béla Fleck  ... 
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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    The Essential Hilary Hahn
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 709580 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edgar Meyer,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Leonard Bernstein,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff,  Marek Janowski,  David Zinman,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Bernstein: Serenade; McLean: Elements / Lewis, Wolff, LSO
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3357 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael McLean,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Brian Lewis
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos 1 And 2
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4620442 Release Date: 05/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Boris Berezovsky
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Antheil: Symphony No 3
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777040 Release Date: 11/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Antheil
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Korngold - Adventures Of A Wunderkind - A Portrait And Concert
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100363 Release Date: 04/15/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performer:  Quirine Viersen,  Leonidas Kavakos
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Kodaly: Marosszek Dances, Galanta Dances/Bartok: Divertimento, Romanian Folk Dan
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 7490002 Release Date: 11/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Zoltán Kodály
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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    Mendelssohn, Shostakovich: Violin Concertos / Hahn, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89921 Release Date: 11/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff,  Marek Janowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Meyer, Bottesini: Concertos / Edgar Meyer, Bell, Ma
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60956 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edgar Meyer,  Giovanni Bottesini
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Edgar Meyer,  Joshua Bell
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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    Romantic Piano Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470777 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  András Schiff,  Alfred Brendel,  Werner Haas  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  András Schiff,  Alceo Galliera,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Antheil: Symphonies No 4 & 5 / Wolff, Frankfurt Rso
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999706 Release Date: 11/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Antheil
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Antheil: Symphonies No 1 & 6, Etc / Wolff, Frankfurt Rso
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999604 Release Date: 05/16/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Antheil
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
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