Honored pianist to perform in Darlington

Florence native John Hoffmeyer will perform a piano concert July 22 at the Grand Old Post Office in Darlington. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GRAND OLD POST OFFICE

Honored pianist and Florence native John Hoffmeyer returns to the Pee Dee after participating in a month-long Piano Festival in Texas. He will be performing a piano concert at The Grand Old Post Office in Darlington July 22. Hoffmeyer was born and raised in Florence, where he was introduced to music through the sounds of church hymns on Sunday mornings. After receiving his first piano lessons from his grandmother, he went on to study with Heather-Lynne Shannon, Linda Mackenzie and Benjamin Woods. He attended Phillips Academy in 2012, studying with Professor Alexander Korsantia at the New England Conservatory. Hoffmeyer received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in Comparative Literature with a minor in Piano Performance. Since 2019, he has studied with Pascal Nemirovski while completing his MPhil. in Modern Languages at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Hoffmeyer has performed extensively in America and abroad, including appearances at Jordan Hall, the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center, and the historic Teatro dell’Osservanza in Imola, Italy. While in Imola, Hoffmeyer was a semifinalist for the Imola City Award and studied under Franco Scala and Enrico Pace. He has further had lessons and masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Arie Vardi and Katherine Chi, and has appeared as soloist with a number of orchestras, including the Florence Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Sinfonia, and the Orchestra Giovanile Napolinova. This fall, Hoffmeyer will begin his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Yale as an A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellow while continuing to pursue his pianistic career. Ticket proceeds benefit The Grand Old Post Office Foundation and its mission to enhance the arts and culture of our community.

Author: Stephan Drew

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