Deborah Hoffman, principal harp at the Met from 1986, died today after suffering from a prolonged and rare lung condition. She was just 53.
Daughter of the founder-conductor of the Florida Orchestra, Irwin Hoffman, Deborah won first prize at the 1981 American Harp Society Competition and was a top prizewinner in the Seventh International Harp Competition in Israel. A Juilliard graduate, she taught at Verbier and Manhatan School of Music.
The violinist Cho-Liang Lin writes:
We lost Deborah Hoffman today. She fought valiantly against multiple illnesses and survived a lung transplant longer than anyone expected. What a great musician and enchanting person she was and will always be. I will miss her. I hope she is teaching angels how to play the harp right now.