Daniel Hoffman

Daniel Hoffman, and descendant of a long line of Bessarabian furriers, was born and raised near Los Angeles. In June of 2005 he moved to Israel. He started his violin studies at the age of seven, and continued his studies in Western classical music until graduating from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, whereupon he quickly turned his attentions to Eastern European Jewish folk music and formed several klezmer bands in San Francisco. In 1992, he co-founded Davka trio (now a quartet) combining Ashkenazi Jewish music with jazz and Middle-Eastern music. Davka has released five CDs of original music, including four on the Tzadik label. He also founded the Klez-X (formerly the SF Klezmer Experience) and has developed a reputation as one of the foremost experts of the Yiddish violin style, recording and performing with the top players in the field.


Hoffman has received numerous composition grants, including from Meet The Composer and the NEA. He has written two new scores for the silent films “The Golem” and “Jewish Luck”. He is currently composing music for “David in Shadow and Light,” a new musical (with librettist Yehuda Hyman) based on the King David story. The musical will premiere at Theatre J in Washington DC in May of 2008.


In Israel he performs with J.C. Jones and Nory Jacoby in Between The Strings, a free music string trio, and in Trio Carpion, an Ashkenazi-roots trio performing Yiddish and Romanian vocal music and pre-war European klezmer.


Hoffman currently performs in the new Jerusalem Theater Company comedy “Are You Happy Yet?” His latest releases are Davka Live and a remix of the Klez-X Harbst disc, KLZXRMX.



J.C. Jones With Friends
Duos II
KCR 02, 2005
Ariel Shibolet and Between the Strings LIVE AT THE TEL AVIV MUSEUM
November 2006 -
KCR 13
February 2008 -
KCR 14