Hugh Wolff is among the leading conductors of his generation. He has appeared with all the major North American orchestras including those of Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and Montreal and is much in demand throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.
Appointed Music Director of the Belgian National Orchestra in 2017, Wolff was principal conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra from 1997 to 2006. Together they toured Europe, Japan and China and appeared at the Salzburg Festival. From 1988 to 2000, Wolff was principal conductor of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, with whom he recorded extensively and toured the United States, Europe and the Far East.
A conductor whose interests span baroque performance practice to the championing of new works,
Wolff has recorded more than fifty discs, including the complete Beethoven symphonies and collaborations with Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, and jazz guitarist John Scofield. Three times nominated for a Grammy Award, Wolff won the 2001 Cannes Classical Award.
Born in Paris to American parents, Wolff graduated from Harvard College, studied piano with Leon Fleisher, composition with George Crumb and Olivier Messiaen, and conducting with Charles Bruck. For the last decade he has been deeply involved in music education, teaching conducting at Boston’s New England Conservatory.