Eitan Hoffer grew up in Haifa and played Violin and Classic guitar from his
Between 1992-1998 he specialized in early music in Holland, studying
baroque violin with Manfredo Kraemer and Florian Deuter, and lute with Fred
Jacobs at the conservatory of Amsterdam. During those years he performed and recorded
with several orchestras and groups in Holland such as "Concerto d'Amsterdam" and
"Compagnia Vocale", with which he won third prize at the "Van Wassenar" international
competition for early music ensembles in 1998.
Since his return to Israel Eitan regularly performs at home and abroad, playing the
baroque violin, lute and theorbo with groups as
The Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra,
"Phoenix Consort", and "La Novella".
Eitan started making bows in 2004, learning the craft from bow- and instument maker Amit
Tiefenbrunn. His bows are being played by professional players in Israel and in Europe.
I enjoyed hearing Italian lutenist and composer Alessandro Piccinini’s (1599-1638) Toccata for lute
no. XIII played on theorbo by Eitan Hoffer. Haifa born Hoffer (who also makes bows) gave this work
a sensitive reading, giving phrases time to breathe while sounding improvisatory and bringing out
its complex textures.
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