Violinist Jakob Hofer is an active performer and teacher in the Salt Lake City area. As a founding member of the Rosco String Quartet he has won several competitions including First Place in MTNA’s National Chamber Music Competition and Finalist in the American Prize Competition. He has received instruction from the world’s most renowned chamber musicians including members of the Takacs, Juilliard, Emerson, Tokyo, and Muir String Quartets, and studied many years with the acclaimed chamber musician Violaine Melançon.
Jakob Hofer has been concertmaster of the Loudoun Symphony in Virginia and the Peabody Concert Orchestra in Baltimore. He has performed in venues ranging from Lincoln Center in New York to the Mendelssohn Haus in Leipzig, Germany. He often performs new compositions with the Rosco String Quartet, and has specialized training in Baroque performance practice and orchestral conducting.
Dr. Hofer holds performance degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Utah. He has attended and performed in the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, the Robert Mann Quartet Institute, the Round Top Music Festival, the Garth Newel Music Festival, and the Juilliard Summer Music Academy.
Jakob Hofer currently performs with the Rosco String Quartet and Sinfonia Salt Lake, and is a substitute violinist with the Ballet West Orchestra and the Utah Symphony. He is on faculty at Utah Valley University and the Gifted Music School, and maintains a teaching studio of over 40 students. Several of his students have won competitions and have been accepted as performance majors in prestigious university music programs. Jakob enjoys serving on the board of the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute and serving as Vice President of the Salt Lake Chamber Music Society. He currently resides in Salt Lake City with his wife Laurel Elizabeth Hofer, an accomplished vocalist and teacher.