Croatia summer program for composer/performers

Saturday 8 October, 2016   JH will run the 14th annual summer course for composer/performers as part of the “UPBEAT” International Summer Music School in the town of Milna on the beautiful Adriatic island of Brac in Croatia.  The course will run 12 days and the dates will be announced soon (projected to be late July/early August 2017).

consortium commission

Saturday  8 October, 2016   JH was commissioned to write a work for string trio and harp in memory of his sister, harpist Deborah Hoffman.  The work, called “of Deborah, for Deborah”, was co-commissioned by Summerfest in La Jolla, CA; Chamber Music International in Dallas, TX and the Aspen Music Festival.  The work has now been performed at all three venues and an additional performance will take place on Sunday 6 November at 3pm at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

Texas tour

Saturday  8 October, 2016   JH is a guest composer/pianist at three universities in Texas in mid-October:  Texas State University (San Marcos), University of Texas at San Antonio and Southwestern University (Georgetown).  Details of performances of his music are to be found on the ‘performances’ page.

new commission

Saturday 11 June, 2016   JH  was recently commissioned by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and its music director Yeh Tsung to write a new work for Chinese traditional orchestra.  It will be premiered in Singapore in 2018.

new commission

Saturday 11 June, 2016   JH  was recently commissioned by Beijing guzheng virtuoso Qiu Ji to write a trio for sheng, guzheng and percussion.  The work will be performed in Beijing and recorded for CD release in January, 2017.

ACC Festival in Korea

Saturday 21 May, 2016   JH has been invited to be a composer in residence at the first edition of the Asia Music Festival in Gwangju, South Korea.  The festival will take place from 24 to 26 November, 2016.  During the festival, JH’s “The Dizi in my Life” will be performed by dizi (Chinese bamboo flute) virtuoso Zhang Weiliang with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.  More information on the ACC website: /

The Rumpus interview with Paul Lansky

Thursday 21 April, 2016   JH’s interview with composer Paul Lansky was recently published in the online arts journal The Rumpus: Read interview at The Rumpus