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Birthname: Michael Hoppe
Nationality: British
Born: Aug 28 1944


Biography

A GRAMMY nominated composer of exceptional melodic talents, Michael Hoppé has an extensive and eclectic musical background. Since 1985, he has released more than twenty albums including his latest on Spring Hill Music, "GRACE". Michael has gathered numerous accolades over the course of his career, including a GRAMMY nomination for "Solace", CD Review Editor’s Choice “CD of the Year” for "The Yearning", and the Association for Independent Music INDIE award for “Best New Age Album” for "Afterglow" which also won the Crossroad's Music Award and was recommended by The Oprah Magazine. "Prayers" ... Read more

A GRAMMY nominated composer of exceptional melodic talents, Michael Hoppé has an extensive and eclectic musical background. Since 1985, he has released more than twenty albums including his latest on Spring Hill Music, "GRACE". Michael has gathered numerous accolades over the course of his career, including a GRAMMY nomination for "Solace", CD Review Editor’s Choice “CD of the Year” for "The Yearning", and the Association for Independent Music INDIE award for “Best New Age Album” for "Afterglow" which also won the Crossroad's Music Award and was recommended by The Oprah Magazine. "Prayers" narrated by Michael York was nominated for an Audie Award, and "The Lover" was honored with the Visionary Award. Michael's music has been featured internationally on numerous TV programs and feature films, and his songs have been recorded by a variety of singers and instrumentalists including Tim Wheater, Martin Tillmann, Zamfir, Frank Mills, Eliza Gilkyson, Cecilia, Louise Di Tullio, Lou Anne Neill, Eugene Fodor, Lily Haydn, and, on "Solace", the Prague Symphony and Vangelis. He has also scored feature films including "Misunderstood", and the multi-award winning short film "Nous Deux Encore" which won Best Score at the Monaco International Film Festival. The film is featured on his album "Tapestry".
Also, he scored the short film "Eyes of the Wind" which reached the Oscar nomination short list.

For 15 years, Hoppé was a senior executive at PolyGram Records (now Universal)
He was responsible for bringing such diverse talent as Vangelis, Kitaro, The Who, Jean-Michael Jarre, and ABBA to PolyGram.

English by birth, Michael has for many years resided in Portland with his wife Monica.

A recent interview by Kathy Parsons:http://www.mainlypiano.com/Interviews/Hoppe,_Michael_7_14.html

Reviews New Age

Serenity
Michael Hoppé & Harold Moses
2014
45.1 minutes
Michael Hoppé is one of the best classical music composers of our time, and those who know his work will confirm this. Michael surprises us with each new project, and this new collaboration with the violist Harold Moses is no exception. In fact, “Serenity” is one his very best releases in the past few years.

“Serenity” combines harmonious and intense melodies performed by Harold with gentle arrangements and improvised chords by Michael on keyboards. The viola is the real gem on this album, an instrument first appearing on his album “Solace” (nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003).

“Serenity” is divided into thirteen sections all, astonishingly, completely improvised. Twelve of them dedicated to each month of the year and the last one is a song for the New Year.

One of the most beautiful works on the CD welcomes the listener from the beginning.

"Serenity I - January" commences with a chord full of mystery from Michael’s keyboard, then Harold starts playing, enveloping and moving the listener completely…Gorgeous.

"Serenity II - February" is a superb soundtrack both romantic and warm. The viola expresses the soul’s emotions, and it is thrilling to hear ... Speechless.

In March, Spring appears with "Serenity III - March". The viola’s entry is initially dark, with Harold playing more vigorously, but still retaining the sensitivity of the previous tracks. It is a masterful performance on the viola.

"Serenity IV - April" is a song to rain, gray days that encourage reflection. One almost hears the sound of rain falling in the distant countryside, and "Serenity IV - April" would be the perfect background music…Wonderful.

"Serenity V - May," is minimalist and austere where Harold performs pizzicato chords and notes of disturbing darkness ... It's sad, painful.

Peace and relaxation arrive in summer. "Serenity VI - June" is peaceful, and the whispering viola hovers over the delicate chords Michael plays, a perfect symmetry of sound and emotion.

The most cheerful work on Serenity is "Serenity VII - July" where Harold performs a light lingering melody, something that he had not earlier. Easy to get lost in this music of dreams…

Three short suites now follow. With the delicate "Serenity VIII - August" and "Serenity IX - September" we return to romantic movies of pure sweetness and warmth; while with "Serenity X - October" the listener has a moment of uncertainty in this unusual music.

"Serenity XI - November" feels like the start of a battle with the sound of the viola, marching stridently forwards. Menacing and interesting at the same time, Michael provides background sounds of intriguing mystery.

It's the wonderful staccato of "Serenity XII - December" that makes this piece simply brilliant. Harold speeds to a crescendo that is bold and brave… Amazing.

"Serenity XIII - A New Year", closes the album, and this piece lives up to the album title. The beginning and the end, where the beauty of the viola caresses the listener with every note. Serenity finally comes to a peaceful and beautiful conclusion.

Thirteen works where the viola is the main instrument. The delicacy of Michael’s keyboard adds to the deep and melodic sound of the viola, so making this album a masterpiece. The combination of Michael Hoppé and Harold Moses is already extraordinary, so it is so hard to think that the thirteen compositions were completely improvised. Serenity is among the best creations of the award-winning English composer, and certainly will be among our favorite. Very highly recommended.

AmazonAmazon.esiTunes
reviewsnewage.com
08/01/14

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

A GRAMMY nominated composer of exceptional melodic talents, Michael Hoppé has an extensive and eclectic musical background. Since 1985, he has released more than twenty albums including his latest on Spring Hill Music, "GRACE". Michael has gathered numerous accolades over the course of his career, including a GRAMMY nomination for "Solace", CD Review Editor’s Choice “CD of the Year” for "The Yearning", and the Association for Independent Music INDIE award for “Best New Age Album” for "Afterglow" which also won the Crossroad's Music Award and was recommended by The Oprah Magazine. "Prayers" narrated by Michael York was nominated for an Audie Award, and "The Lover" was honored with the Visionary Award. Michael's music has been featured internationally on numerous TV programs and feature films, and his songs have been recorded by a variety of singers and instrumentalists including Tim Wheater, Martin Tillmann, Zamfir, Frank Mills, Eliza Gilkyson, Cecilia, Louise Di Tullio, Lou Anne Neill, Eugene Fodor, Lily Haydn, and, on "Solace", the Prague Symphony and Vangelis. He has also scored feature films including "Misunderstood", and the multi-award winning short film "Nous Deux Encore" which won Best Score at the Monaco International Film Festival. The film is featured on his album "Tapestry".
Also, he scored the short film "Eyes of the Wind" which reached the Oscar nomination short list.

For 15 years, Hoppé was a senior executive at PolyGram Records (now Universal)
He was responsible for bringing such diverse talent as Vangelis, Kitaro, The Who, Jean-Michael Jarre, and ABBA to PolyGram.

English by birth, Michael has for many years resided in Portland with his wife Monica.

A recent interview by Kathy Parsons:http://www.mainlypiano.com/Interviews/Hoppe,_Michael_7_14.html

Reviews New Age

Serenity
Michael Hoppé & Harold Moses
2014
45.1 minutes
Michael Hoppé is one of the best classical music composers of our time, and those who know his work will confirm this. Michael surprises us with each new project, and this new collaboration with the violist Harold Moses is no exception. In fact, “Serenity” is one his very best releases in the past few years.

“Serenity” combines harmonious and intense melodies performed by Harold with gentle arrangements and improvised chords by Michael on keyboards. The viola is the real gem on this album, an instrument first appearing on his album “Solace” (nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003).

“Serenity” is divided into thirteen sections all, astonishingly, completely improvised. Twelve of them dedicated to each month of the year and the last one is a song for the New Year.

One of the most beautiful works on the CD welcomes the listener from the beginning.

"Serenity I - January" commences with a chord full of mystery from Michael’s keyboard, then Harold starts playing, enveloping and moving the listener completely…Gorgeous.

"Serenity II - February" is a superb soundtrack both romantic and warm. The viola expresses the soul’s emotions, and it is thrilling to hear ... Speechless.

In March, Spring appears with "Serenity III - March". The viola’s entry is initially dark, with Harold playing more vigorously, but still retaining the sensitivity of the previous tracks. It is a masterful performance on the viola.

"Serenity IV - April" is a song to rain, gray days that encourage reflection. One almost hears the sound of rain falling in the distant countryside, and "Serenity IV - April" would be the perfect background music…Wonderful.

"Serenity V - May," is minimalist and austere where Harold performs pizzicato chords and notes of disturbing darkness ... It's sad, painful.

Peace and relaxation arrive in summer. "Serenity VI - June" is peaceful, and the whispering viola hovers over the delicate chords Michael plays, a perfect symmetry of sound and emotion.

The most cheerful work on Serenity is "Serenity VII - July" where Harold performs a light lingering melody, something that he had not earlier. Easy to get lost in this music of dreams…

Three short suites now follow. With the delicate "Serenity VIII - August" and "Serenity IX - September" we return to romantic movies of pure sweetness and warmth; while with "Serenity X - October" the listener has a moment of uncertainty in this unusual music.

"Serenity XI - November" feels like the start of a battle with the sound of the viola, marching stridently forwards. Menacing and interesting at the same time, Michael provides background sounds of intriguing mystery.

It's the wonderful staccato of "Serenity XII - December" that makes this piece simply brilliant. Harold speeds to a crescendo that is bold and brave… Amazing.

"Serenity XIII - A New Year", closes the album, and this piece lives up to the album title. The beginning and the end, where the beauty of the viola caresses the listener with every note. Serenity finally comes to a peaceful and beautiful conclusion.

Thirteen works where the viola is the main instrument. The delicacy of Michael’s keyboard adds to the deep and melodic sound of the viola, so making this album a masterpiece. The combination of Michael Hoppé and Harold Moses is already extraordinary, so it is so hard to think that the thirteen compositions were completely improvised. Serenity is among the best creations of the award-winning English composer, and certainly will be among our favorite. Very highly recommended.

AmazonAmazon.esiTunes
reviewsnewage.com
08/01/14

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

A GRAMMY nominated composer of exceptional melodic talents, Michael Hoppé has an extensive and eclectic musical background. Since 1985, he has released more than twenty albums including his latest on Spring Hill Music, "GRACE". Michael has gathered numerous accolades over the course of his career, including a GRAMMY nomination for "Solace", CD Review Editor’s Choice “CD of the Year” for "The Yearning", and the Association for Independent Music INDIE award for “Best New Age Album” for "Afterglow" which also won the Crossroad's Music Award and was recommended by The Oprah Magazine. "Prayers" narrated by Michael York was nominated for an Audie Award, and "The Lover" was honored with the Visionary Award. Michael's music has been featured internationally on numerous TV programs and feature films, and his songs have been recorded by a variety of singers and instrumentalists including Tim Wheater, Martin Tillmann, Zamfir, Frank Mills, Eliza Gilkyson, Cecilia, Louise Di Tullio, Lou Anne Neill, Eugene Fodor, Lily Haydn, and, on "Solace", the Prague Symphony and Vangelis. He has also scored feature films including "Misunderstood", and the multi-award winning short film "Nous Deux Encore" which won Best Score at the Monaco International Film Festival. The film is featured on his album "Tapestry".
Also, he scored the short film "Eyes of the Wind" which reached the Oscar nomination short list.

For 15 years, Hoppé was a senior executive at PolyGram Records (now Universal)
He was responsible for bringing such diverse talent as Vangelis, Kitaro, The Who, Jean-Michael Jarre, and ABBA to PolyGram.

English by birth, Michael has for many years resided in Portland with his wife Monica.

A recent interview by Kathy Parsons:http://www.mainlypiano.com/Interviews/Hoppe,_Michael_7_14.html

Reviews New Age

Serenity
Michael Hoppé & Harold Moses
2014
45.1 minutes
Michael Hoppé is one of the best classical music composers of our time, and those who know his work will confirm this. Michael surprises us with each new project, and this new collaboration with the violist Harold Moses is no exception. In fact, “Serenity” is one his very best releases in the past few years.

“Serenity” combines harmonious and intense melodies performed by Harold with gentle arrangements and improvised chords by Michael on keyboards. The viola is the real gem on this album, an instrument first appearing on his album “Solace” (nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003).

“Serenity” is divided into thirteen sections all, astonishingly, completely improvised. Twelve of them dedicated to each month of the year and the last one is a song for the New Year.

One of the most beautiful works on the CD welcomes the listener from the beginning.

"Serenity I - January" commences with a chord full of mystery from Michael’s keyboard, then Harold starts playing, enveloping and moving the listener completely…Gorgeous.

"Serenity II - February" is a superb soundtrack both romantic and warm. The viola expresses the soul’s emotions, and it is thrilling to hear ... Speechless.

In March, Spring appears with "Serenity III - March". The viola’s entry is initially dark, with Harold playing more vigorously, but still retaining the sensitivity of the previous tracks. It is a masterful performance on the viola.

"Serenity IV - April" is a song to rain, gray days that encourage reflection. One almost hears the sound of rain falling in the distant countryside, and "Serenity IV - April" would be the perfect background music…Wonderful.

"Serenity V - May," is minimalist and austere where Harold performs pizzicato chords and notes of disturbing darkness ... It's sad, painful.

Peace and relaxation arrive in summer. "Serenity VI - June" is peaceful, and the whispering viola hovers over the delicate chords Michael plays, a perfect symmetry of sound and emotion.

The most cheerful work on Serenity is "Serenity VII - July" where Harold performs a light lingering melody, something that he had not earlier. Easy to get lost in this music of dreams…

Three short suites now follow. With the delicate "Serenity VIII - August" and "Serenity IX - September" we return to romantic movies of pure sweetness and warmth; while with "Serenity X - October" the listener has a moment of uncertainty in this unusual music.

"Serenity XI - November" feels like the start of a battle with the sound of the viola, marching stridently forwards. Menacing and interesting at the same time, Michael provides background sounds of intriguing mystery.

It's the wonderful staccato of "Serenity XII - December" that makes this piece simply brilliant. Harold speeds to a crescendo that is bold and brave… Amazing.

"Serenity XIII - A New Year", closes the album, and this piece lives up to the album title. The beginning and the end, where the beauty of the viola caresses the listener with every note. Serenity finally comes to a peaceful and beautiful conclusion.

Thirteen works where the viola is the main instrument. The delicacy of Michael’s keyboard adds to the deep and melodic sound of the viola, so making this album a masterpiece. The combination of Michael Hoppé and Harold Moses is already extraordinary, so it is so hard to think that the thirteen compositions were completely improvised. Serenity is among the best creations of the award-winning English composer, and certainly will be among our favorite. Very highly recommended.

AmazonAmazon.esiTunes
reviewsnewage.com
08/01/14

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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