Alison Gooding, violin
Alison Gooding Hoffman has been a member of the Nashville Symphony since 1999. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, she went on to earn a Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, where she served as Associate Concertmaster of the Philharmonia, as well as Concertmaster of the Eighteenth Century Ensemble and Concertmaster of the Contemporary Music Ensemble, and studied with Dorothy DeLay. In addition to performing with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Tallahassee Symphony, she has performed in orchestral and chamber music performances in Europe and across the United States.
In 2015, Alison performed the inaugural recital for the Palazzo Cucchiari in Carrara, Italy for the Giorgio Conti Foundation. She is continually involved with additional projects, notably the non-profit chamber ensemble, Alias, of which she is a founding member. Her performances with Alias have been lauded in the press as “masterful”, “energetic” and “seamless”, and she has recorded on all three Alias CDs including the group’s 2011 GRAMMY nominated, critically acclaimed CD, Hilos.
A dedicated artist, passionate about her craft, Alison is committed to inspiring others, and taught private lessons for many years before joining the faculty of Belmont University in 2010. In addition to working as an active recording musician, she also dedicates time to education, not only through teaching but also through outreach. In this pursuit, she has served not only with the Nashville Symphony, but also as educational coordinator for Alias, and as a teaching artist with the TPAC/Wolftrap Early Learning through the Arts programs. Having played in venues around the world, she is the recipient of many honors, including the prestigious Mautz Award.