George Stoffan has received Fulbright Awards to the Czech Republic and Hungary. He was artist-in-residence at the Janáček Academy of Music in Brno, Czech Republic in 2012 and at the Liszt Academy of Music, in Budapest, in 2019. His articles about clarinet traditions in Hungary and in the Czech Republic have been featured in The Clarinet.
Stoffan performed in eight national tours as Principal Clarinetist and Concertmaster of the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C. With this ensemble, he appeared as soloist on several occasions, and performed in fourteen recordings, some of which are available on the Naxos label. His recording, A Postcard from Europe, featuring contemporary East European clarinet music, in addition to the Brahms Sonata No. 2, Op. 120, in E-flat Major, was characterized by the Detroit Free Press as benefiting from “Stoffan’s warm expression and confident attack,” and TheClarinet cited “Stoffan’s performance of the Brahms with technical ease and great expression of the works, warm, passionate lines.” He has performed in several recitals at conferences of the International Clarinet Association, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and the College Music Society. Mr. Stoffan previously served on the faculties of Oakland University and Southern Utah University. He is currently Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Stoffan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from Indiana University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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