Cellist Brian Hodges is an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. With his wife, Betsi Hodges, he has given recitals across the US, Canada and Italy. They have premiered works by noted composers such as Lee Hoiby, Mark Olivieri, Carolyn Steinberg and were featured on a CD recording of the works of composer David H. Johnson. He has appeared as soloist with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, the Boise State University Orchestra, and recently soloed in Seattle, WA with the Tuacahn Performing Arts High School Orchestra. In 2015, he will solo with the Boise Baroque Orchestra. He was a featured guest artist at the 2011 Elizabeth Cowling Cello Festival in Greensboro, NC.
He is a founding member of the Rothko Piano Trio, with Betsi Hodges on piano, and Jo Nardolillo on violin, which has performed nationwide and has commissioned several new works.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, he soloed with the San Antonio Symphony as a winner of the Young Artists Competition. He went on to study at the Eastman School of Music earning his Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance and stayed on to complete his Master of Music degree in cello performance where he was the teaching assistant to Marcy Rosen. While at Eastman, he was the founding member of the Genesis String Quartet, which had several residencies in the U.S., including Roberts Wesleyan College and a rural residency in Madisonville, KY, where they performed for over 10,000 schoolchildren. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in cello performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he was a member of the graduate piano trio in residence. Throughout his schooling, he has participated in master classes with such cellists as Bernard Greenhouse, Steven Doane, Gary Hoffman and Nathaniel Rosen.
Dr. Hodges is currently Associate Professor of Cello at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. He has been on the faculties of the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University in Georgia, as well as Spring Arbor College and Albion University and has served as co-director of the Jackson Symphony String Academy in Jackson, MI. At UNCG, he was the administrative assistant for the Luigi Silva Centennial Cello Celebration and the Bernard Greenhouse Cello Celebration and performed at both festivals.
During the summers, he has been on faculty at the Green Valley Chamber Music Festival in Las Vegas, the Summer Music Institute in San Antonio, TX, and the String Camp of Rochester. As a student, he attended such festivals as Aspen, Interlochen, Roundtop, the Quartet Program at Bucknell University, the Heidelberg Castle Opera Festival in Heidelberg, Germany, the Thy International Chamber Music Festival in Denmark, the Hampden-Sydney Chamber Music Festival in Virginia and completed a chamber music residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Canada.
As a chamber musician, he has appeared as guest cellist with the Penderecki String Quartet, performed with the Kandinsky Piano Trio, and has been coached by members of the Cleveland Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Amadeus Quartet, Ying Quartet, St. Lawrence Quartet, Brentano Quartet, Beaux Arts Trio, and the Guild Piano Trio.
His teachers and mentors have included Brooks Whitehouse, Pamela Frame, Alan Harris, Marcy Rosen, Mary Ruth Leonard, Paul Katz, Ron Leonard, and Eleanor Schoenfeld. He studied viola da gamba with Paul O’Dette, Christel Thielmann, Mark Cudek, and Ann-Marie Morgan.
He performs on a Carlo Galbusera cello, circa 1828.