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Florian Hoefner (pianist, composer)

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2020 East Coast Music Awards

“First Spring” wins two East Coast Music Awards

Florian’s latest trio album “First Spring” with Andrew Downing on bass and Nick Fraser on drums won “Instrumental Recording of the Year” and “Jazz Recording of the Year” at the 2020 East Coast Music Awards in Atlantic Canada. The award ceremony was originally planned to be held in St. John’s, NL in April but due […]

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Tenacity – TD Ottawa Jazz Festival

Florian is part of “Sea to Sea”, Christine Jensen’s project for “Tenacity”, this year’s free online edition of the Ottawa Jazz Festival. Christine put together a tentet of jazz musicians from across Canada to perform her arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now”.

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CD of the Month in PianoNews!

“First Spring” was selected as Jazz Album of the Month in the March 2020 issue of Germany’s Piano News Magazine. It received best marks on interpretation and sound.

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Florian on Faculty at Stratford Summer Jazz Academy

Florian will be on faculty at the new Stratford Summer Jazz Academy, a jazz camp for young musicians age 14-18 in Stratford, ON, Canada. It is part of the Stratford Summer Music Festival. Other faculty members include Kelly Jefferson (saxophone), Andre Lachance (bass) and Jim Doxas (drums).

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East Coast Music Awards Nominations

First Spring was nominated as Jazz Album of the Year and Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2020 East Coast Music Awards. The awards show and conference will be held in St. John’s from April 29th to May 1st.

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Video: New Composition for Chamber Trio

The Iris Trio (Christine Carter – clarinet, Molly Carr – viola, Anna Petrova – piano) is premiering Florian’s new work “Bird Island Suite” in collaboration with poet Don McKay on tour in Eastern Canada. Stay tuned for a full performance video.

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First Spring made it into Dan McClenaghan’s top 10 jazz releases of 2019

First Spring in Top 10

Pianist Florian Hoefner and his trio immerse themselves in “the ethos of traditional songs and the high lonesome sound of Bluegrass” on this surprisingly fine recording—a blend of jazz and Americana, folk and country. Who’d have thought that would work? (Dan McClenaghan)   Read entire Top 10 at All About Jazz

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