“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.
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).
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.
First Spring made it into the top ten of Peter Hum’s best Canadian Jazz of 2019 in the Ottawa Citizen.
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
“An hour later, German pianist Florian Hoefner led his group through a memorable set drawn from his latest album, Luminosity. Hoefner met his bandmates (bassist Sam Anning, drummer Peter Kronreif and saxophonist Mike Rivett) while all four were living in New York, and this show felt like a joyful reunion. […]
“The sheer songfulness of the material spurred Hoefner to interpret and improvise with lyricism at the forefront. His arrangements added the right amount of jazz breadth and sophistication to the mix in terms of harmonic and structural richness, without turning the material into jazzschool contrivances. These pieces, plus Hoefner’s like-minded and well-crafted originals such as the quick, […]
“Founded 13 years ago when its members were in university together in Berlin, Subtone plays high-powered, sophisticated, tautly arranged original music. For trumpeter Magnus Schriefl, reeds player Malte Dürrschnabel. pianist Florian Hoefner, bassist Matthias Pichler and drummer Peter Gall, there was consistently a lot of detailed material to execute. […]
“For me, this concert was a highlight of the month and of 2016 so far. Hoefner and his group presented a fine collection of well-crafted and varied compositions, and performed them well – and Hoefner also introduced the music to the audience with a humor and warmth that only increased one’s interest. Leaving the show, […]