Darwin born, Melbourne-based performer Lloyd Van’t Hoff is pleased to be performing in front of local audiences at Hamer Hall, and in venues across the state as part of the MSO’s 2017 Regional Tour.
I’m thrilled to be performing in front of a hometown crowd before travelling around with the MSO on their Regional Tour. The pieces that we’re performing are so beautiful, but I’m especially fond of Mendelssohn’s Konzertstüc. It’s one of those pieces of repertoire that all clarinettists cherish. This is a piece that has been with me for my entire career. It’s music that I played in my student days and evokes fond memories of making music together with my teachers. It was originally composed for the virtuoso father-son duo of Heinrich and Carl Baermann. It is rumoured that Mendelssohn wrote and performed both Concert pieces in one evening. One before dinner and one after!
While I love performing in Melbourne, I also love to travel and I have a great interest in photography. It’s constantly fascinating for me to take in different cultures, meet new people and most importantly experience all those different foods. Quite often I’ll spend whole days walking and exploring a new city with my camera. Taking photos slows things down for me, and helps me see the world in many different ways, and that’s what I love most about photography.
I’m looking forward to sharing the stage with Michael Collins, who is one of the all-time legends of clarinet playing, and bringing to life this joyous work for my local Melbourne audience.