Hugh Wolff is among the leading conductors of his generation. He has appeared with all the major North American orchestras including those of Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, Toronto, and Montréal. Wolff is much in demand in Europe, and is a regular guest conductor with orchestras in Japan, Scandinavia, and Australia and a frequent conductor at summer music festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood and Ravinia.
Wolff was principal conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, and maintains a close relationship with that ensemble. He also was principal conductor and then music director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, with whom he recorded 20 discs and toured the United States, Europe, and Japan.
A conductor whose interests span Baroque performance practice and the championing of new works, Wolff was music director of the New Jersey Symphony and music director of Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival. He began his career as associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra under Mstislav Rostropovich.
Born in Paris to American parents, Wolff spent his early years in London and Washington D.C. After graduating from Harvard, Wolff returned on a fellowship to Paris, where he studied conducting with Charles Bruck and composition with Olivier Messiaen. He then continued his studies in Baltimore with Leon Fleisher.
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