Harpist Magdalena Hoffmann has signed to Deutsche Grammophon. The principal harpist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, who is in high demand as a chamber musician and soloist, constantly expands the conventional harp repertoire.
“The great challenge of my instrument is to be innovative”
“The great challenge of my instrument is to be innovative”, said Magdalena Hoffmann. “It has such primeval roots on the one hand and so many possibilities that are still waiting to be explored on the other. It can be theatrical, poetic, comic, lyrical, magic, eerie – there are so many stories to be told.”
“I am certain she will take a highly personal, contemporary approach”
“We are delighted that Magdalena is continuing the great harp tradition on the Yellow Label, represented by, for example, Nicanor Zabaleta during the last century,” said Dr Clemens Trautmann, President Deutsche Grammophon. “I am certain she will take a highly personal, contemporary approach, creating exciting new recordings and broadening the repertoire of one the most ancient and demanding musical instruments. Magdalena knows how to make the most of its entire tonal spectrum in her own original, thoroughly unconventional way.”
“Human imagination, when we let it run free, is boundless,” added Magdalena Hoffmann. “The harp, which can produce so many different colours and textures, has always been the poet’s and the storyteller’s instrument – it is a wonderful vessel for adventures of the imagination. I can’t wait to share this experience with Deutsche Grammophon’s listeners around the world. It’s a personal thrill to join the Yellow Label at such an exciting point in its history and to draw inspiration from its creative energy.”
Before joining the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in November 2018 Magdalena Hoffmann was principal harpist with the Tyrolean Symphony Orchestra and guest harpist with orchestras including the Munich Philharmonic, the WDR Symphony, and Düsseldorf Symphony.
“The harp is Magdalena’s personal playground”
“The harp is Magdalena’s personal playground, a boundless space in which to make new discoveries,” noted BR Klassik.
Magdalena Hoffmann will release her debut album for Deutsche Grammophon in January 2022 featuring music inspired by the night and, sparked by the virtuoso footwork of harpists, dance.
Magdalena Hoffmann will perform at Yellow Lounge’s International Women’s Day free online concert which also features Nadine Sierra, Bomsori Kim, and Hera Hyesang Park. Watch the premiere on DG Stage on Sunday 7 March at 12:00 CET which will also be shown on Deutsche Grammophon’s YouTube channel on Monday 8 March at 22:00 CET.
Watch the exclusive free premiere of Yellow Lounge’s International Women’s Day concert, featuring Magdalena Hoffmann, on Sunday 7 March at 12:00 CET on DG Stage.