Tobias M. Hoffmann

Tobias M. Hoffmann

Instrument: Composer/conductor | Location: Vienna

His music is incredibly well crafted, with a sense of completeness and depth that demonstrates his knowledge as well as his respect of the tradition of jazz composition. The flow and form of his music feels inevitable without being predictable, taking the listener on a journey with refreshing (and even sometimes surprising) twists and turns along the way.

—Ed Partyka

Updated: September 6, 2022

Tobias Hoffmann was born in Göppingen (Germany) in 1988 and discovered his passion for music and the saxophone during his high school years. From 2008 until 2010 he studied at the University for Music, Drama and Media in Hannover and from 2010 at the Prins Claus Conservatorium Groningen (Netherlands), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in June 2013. After that he started his studies of Jazz Composition and Arrangement at the Musik und Kunst Universität der Stadt Wien. At the same time he studied Jazz-Saxophone at the Musik und Kunst Universität Wien and graduated with a Master of Arts (MA) with distinction in 2015.

Besides working working his own projects, Tobias Hoffmann is a sought-after sideman, composer and arranger for a wide variety of lineups and styles. From 2014 to 2017 he was conductor of the Vienna Spittelberg Jazz Orchestra, for which he also appeared as composer and arranger. Concert tours have taken him to Russia and several European countries. He has played with musicians such as Bob Mintzer, Joe Gallardo, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Paul Kuhn, Benny Golson.

Between 2005, when he started performing, and 2016, he won a few national and international awards while playing in different formations. Among those were a „second prize at the Jugend Jazzt competition of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, first award (cum laude) at the competition of the International European Music Festival in Neerpelt (Belgium) and first award at the Euroregio Big Band Contest 2013 in Enschede (Netherlands).

On top of that one of his compositions was awarded the second prize at the 3rd International Jazz Composition Contest during the 11th Silesian Jazz Festival in Katowice (Poland) in 2016. Another composition of his was awarded third prize at the JazzComp 2017 in Graz (Austria). In 2019 one of his composition was awarded the second prize at the 8th Esko Linnavalli Sävellyskilpailu 2019 in Helsinki (Finland)

In October 2021, another composition was awarded 2nd prize at the "5th Karel Krautgartner's Composition Contest for the Best Composition for Jazz Orchestra" in Prague (Czech Republic).

Also in October 2021, a composition was awarded 3rd prize at the Bill Conti Big Band Arranging & Composition Competition of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers in Los Angeles (USA).

His Tobias Hoffmann Nonet was awarded first prize in the "Band" category at the international online competition Made in New York Jazz Competition 2019 by a top-class jury including the judges Lenny White, Randy Brecker and Mike Stern.

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„His music is incredibly well crafted, with a sense of completeness and depth that demonstrates his knowledge as well as his respect of the tradition of jazz composition. The flow and form of his music feels inevitable without being predictable, taking the listener on a journey with refreshing (and even sometimes surprising) twists and turns along the way“
Ed Partyka
Professor for Jazz Composition and Arrangement at the KUG Conservatory in Graz, Austria
Chief Conductor of the UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra
Artistic Director of the Zürich Jazz Orchestra


„This is challenging music and it is well worth one’s time to listen and absorb the creativity […]. I strongly suggest you take the time and really listen to the music of a very talented musician by the name of Tobias Hoffmann.“
Michael Abene
Grammy® winning Producer, Composer, Arranger & Educator


“A high quality album on many levels. A first class ensemble that excels in excellent tutti performance and outstanding soloists, great arrangements and compositions that never disengage the audience. Bravo!”
Chris Walden
Seven-time Grammy® nominated Composer, Arranger & Conductor


"Hoffmann manages to bring back the full glory of a well arranged and splendidly executed classic sound of a large Jazz band, which of course is still an integral part of the Jazz tradition.“
Adam Baruch – The Soundtrack of my Life || 24.1.2020

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Primary Instrument

Composer/conductor

Location

Vienna

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

I am teaching saxophone, composition, arrangement and music theory. I have been teaching various levels of students for 6 years at a music academy in Vienna, Austria. I am teaching in person lessons, online lessons and I teach both individual students and small groups. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail and we talk about what your needs as a student are and what I can do for you. 
Mail: [email protected]

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Maria Schneider
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Bob Brookmeyer
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Alan Ferber
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Edward Partyka
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https://tobiashoffmann.bandcamp.com/album/retrospective

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Retrospective

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