Desmond Hoebig has had a distinguished career as a soloist and orchestral and chamber musician. Mr. Hoebig studied in Canada with James Hunter, Jack Mendelsohn, and Ian Hampton, and with David Soyer at the Curtis Institute of Music. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music at The Juilliard School, studying with Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins, and participated in masterclasses with Janos Starker and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi at the Banff Centre.
Mr. Hoebig won the First Prize at the Munich International Competition in 1984, the Grand Prize of the CBC Talent Competition in 1981, and the Canadian Music Competition in 1980. He was also an award winner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1982.
Mr. Hoebig has been a soloist with prominent orchestras in many North American cities, including Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. His international orchestral engagements have been in Germany, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Mexico, and Colombia. As a chamber musician, Mr. Hoebig was the cellist with the Orford String Quartet when they won a JUNO award for best classical album in 1990. He has also performed for over 30 years with the Hoebig-Moroz Trio and in a duo with Andrew Tunis. Mr. Hoebig has taught and performed at festivals throughout North America, including Banff, La Jolla, Marlboro, Music Bridge, Orcas Island, Sarasota, and Steamboat Springs.
Mr. Hoebig is professor of cello at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Before joining the faculty of the Shepherd School, he served as principal cellist of the Cleveland, Houston, and Cincinnati symphony orchestras.