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Hugh Wolff

Conductor

Hugh Wolff

Biography

Hugh Wolff is among the leading conductors of his generation.  He has appeared with all the major North American orchestras including those of Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, Toronto and Montréal. Wolff is much in demand in Europe, where he has worked with such orchestras as the London Symphony, Philharmonia, City of Birmingham Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic and the Bavarian and Berlin Radio Orchestras. He is a regular guest conductor with orchestras in Japan, Scandinavia and Australia and a frequent conductor at summer music festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood and Ravinia.

A conductor whose interests span baroque performance practice to the championing of new works, Wolff began his professional career in 1979 as Associate Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra under Mstislav Rostropovich, later going on to become Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (1986-1993) and Music Director of Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival (1994-1997).  Wolff was Principal Conductor and then Music Director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (1988-2000), and more recently Principal Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra (1997-2006), with whom he maintains a close relationship.

Born in Paris in 1953 to American parents, Wolff spent his early years in London and Washington DC.  After graduating from Harvard, Wolff returned on a fellowship to Paris, where he studied conducting with Charles Bruck and composition with Olivier Messiaen.  He then continued his studies in Baltimore with Leon Fleisher. Wolff and his wife, Judith Kogan, have three sons and live in Boston.