Singaporean horn player Hoang Van Hoc is a full-time musician with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) since 2019. He serves as Artist Faculty for Natural Horn and Horn at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, and tutor/coach for Horn and Brasses at the Singapore National Youth Orchestra.
He began his studies in 1997 with David Jolley at the Hartt School of Music, Connecticut, USA and in 1999 with James Sommerville at the Longy School of Music, Massachusetts, USA where he received his Undergraduate Diploma in 2000 and his Master of Music in 2001. Shortly afterwards, he won a full-time position with the SSO beginning in 2002.
In 2005 he successfully auditioned for a place at the Hochschule fuer Musik (HfMDK) in Frankfurt, Germany and left the SSO in order to further his studies with Sibylle Mahni, Erich Penzel and Esa Tapani, where he received a Graduate Diploma in 2008. Since then he has worked with various orchestras in Germany, including the Stuttgart Staatstheater, Oper Frankfurt, Wiesbaden Staatstheater and the Suedwestrundfunk (SWR) Sinfonieorchester.
In 2013 Van Hoc began studies in Natural Horn with Ulrich Huebner at the HfMDK where he graduated with a Masters Degree in Historical-Interpretations-Praxis in 2016. During this time, his engagements with historical orchestras include MusicAeterna in Perm, Russia under Teodor Currentzis, Das Neue Orchestra in Cologne, Germany, as well as the Hamburg Barockorchester. He can be heard on recordings on the Sony label with MusicAeterna – Don Giovanni, and with Compagnia di Punto – Rosetti Symphonies.
In a display of diverse playing styles, Van Hoc has toured with artists such as Deep Purple, David Garrett and Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull.