Arpeggione Sonata, 1st movement

Arpeggione Sonata, 1st movement

Franz Schubert

Gary Hoffman's masterclasses

English 59 min Cello

Garry Hoffman and Eline Hensels work on tempo, bowing, and other essential elements.

Produced by the Saline royale Academy in October, 2020 at Arc-et-Senans.

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The masterclass

About this masterclass

In this masterclass, Professor Gary Hoffman helps student Eline Hensels create more resonance and flow in the first movement of Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata. To achieve this, Hoffman encourages more use of the upper right arm instead of the hand to control the bow and earlier preparation of the left hand and thumb when making challenging shifts. Additionally, he demonstrates how to coordinate with the piano to allow time for difficult leaps without disrupting the phrasing. By the end of the class, the student is much better able to maintain melodicism and connection between technical passages.

The instructor also addresses stylistic articulation, pacing and tempo, and always playing with musical intention. 

What we learn in this cello masterclass

  1. Bowing techniques.
  2. Interpreting the dots under a slur.
  3. Planning mentally and physically ahead of difficult passages or shifts.
  4. Singing through every note and phrase.
  5. Making technical passages sound melodic and musically well-timed.


  • Student:Eline Hensels
  • Instruments: Cello
  • Date:27 October 2020
  • Academy:Academy Oct 25 - Nov 1, 2020
Gary Hoffman

Gary Hoffman

Turn the problem into something musically justifiable, which is possible. That kind of flexibility is possible in music.

Gary Hoffman

Sheet music

Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this cello masterclass. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to Gary Hoffman’s feedback and comments.

Gary Hoffman

Gary Hoffman

In 1986 when he won the Paris-based Rostropovich International Competition.

Gary Hoffman is one of the most outstanding cellists of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility in his distinctive and memorable performances. Born in Vancouver, Canada, in 1956, he studied the cello with Janos Starker. Hoffman gained international fame in 1986 upon his victory as the first North American to win the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris. A frequent soloist with the world’s most noted orchestras, he has appeared with the Chicago, London, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco,  and more. Mr. Hoffman collaborates regularly with such celebrated conductors like André Prévin, Charles Dutoit, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zuckerman, Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Jésus Lopez-Cobos, and James Levine.

He performs on major recital and chamber music series throughout the world, although he spends the majority of his time between Europe and America. He is a frequent guest of string quartets including Emerson, Tokyo, Borromeo, Brentano, and Ysaye. Hoffman is a regular guest of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. Additionally, he has has premiered many concertos (Laurent Petitgirard, Joel Hoffman, Renaud Gagneux, Gil Shohat, Graciane Finzi, Dominique Lemaître, French Premiere of Elliott Carter Cello Concerto, and more). Moreover, he is the guest of main halls such as the Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Kennedy Center, and numerous festivals: Ravinia, La Jolla, Schleswig Holstein, Verbier, Festival International de Colmar, Evian, Prades Festival, Honk Kong International Chamber Music Festival, Storioni, and more.

Gary Hoffman plays and gives masterclasses all over the globe.  He is a close part of the Kronberg Academy family for years, intimately involved in the Academy Masters, the festivals, and the masterclass weeks. In September 2011 he was appointed as Professor at the Musical Chapel in Brussels.

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