It's hard to describe David Hoffner's music without using the words "creative" or "eclectic".
A veteran of both stage and studio, he is always searching for the next musical challenge.
From the beginning, David's life has been a musical journey. Born and raised in Maryland, he
began playing piano and ukelele at age five, adding guitar and banjo a few years later. By his
teenage years he had a country-rock band, then worked his way through college as a church
organist and by playing in the bars around Baltimore.
After college, Hoffner moved to Nashville and spent the entire 1980's decade on the road. For
most of those years he was pianist and songwriting partner for pop/country star Michael
Martin Murphey, playing and writing songs on thirteen Murphey albums.
As a featured instrumentalist, he's performed with many of the nation's symphony
orchestras, as well as on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson & Jay Leno, The Late
Show with David Letterman, Austin City Limits, Nashville Network, Merv Griffin and Hee Haw.
He's played the major showrooms of Las Vegas, Reno & Lake Tahoe, and performed onstage
with Alabama, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dwight Yoakam, and many others.
After ten years and over a million miles on the road, Dave retired from touring to concentrate
on recording and composing. His work on Murphey's albums paved the way to becoming an
in-demand Nashville session musician. He's played keyboards and written string arrangements
for both chart-topping and Grammy-winning records, for a wide variety of artists.
Also a prolific composer, Hoffner co-wrote the "Lonesome Dove" song for the TV series, and
the theme song for Time Warner's ten-hour documentary "The Wild West". His instrumental
music has been heard on such TV shows as Good Morning America, 20/20, Saturday Night
Live, Dukes of Hazzard, National Geographic TV Specials, and the Arnold
Schwarzenegger/Gabriel Byrne film "End of Days".
Two of his orchestral compositions were recorded by the San Antonio Symphony, and he
received the National Emmy Award Nomination of "Outstanding Achievement in Music" for his
score to National Geographic's "Braving Alaska".
In 1999, Dave co-wrote and co-produced the experimental Warner Bros. album "Back Tuva
Future", a collaboration with Tuvan throat-singing master Kongar-ol Ondar. The record was
hailed as one of the "Top Ten CD's of the Year" by the New York Post, and the "Tuva Groove"
single climbed Billboard's Hot Dance Music chart to #14.
Dave's most recent scoring project was writing and producing the original musical score for
the two hour biography film "Billy Graham, God's Ambassador".
Hoffner explains, "I'm still excited by the same things that attracted me to music when I was
a kid. There's always more to learn, and it's exciting to work with other creative people,
pulling ideas out of thin air and molding them into finished music. And though the music is
"invisible", it's emotional impact on people is real and powerful."