Long recognized as one of Canada’s most outstanding violinists, Gwen Hoebig is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City. As a student she won every major Canadian music competition and in 1981 was the top prizewinner at the Munich International Violin Competition. A champion of new music, she has given the Canadian premieres of violin concertos by S. C. Eckhardt-Gramatté, T. P. Carrabré, Randolph Peters, Gary Kulesha, Joan Tower, Christopher Rouse, and Philip Glass, and as soloist with orchestra she has performed all the major violin concerti with orchestras across Canada, the United States, and Europe. As a chamber musician she appears frequently in recital with her husband, pianist David Moroz, and has performed at many of Canada’s foremost festivals, including the Banff Arts Festival, the Festival of the Sound at Parry Sound, Domaine Forget, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Festival Vancouver, the Scotia Festival of Music, the Stratford Summer Music Festival, and the WSO’s New Music Festival.
Gwen Hoebig joined the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster in 1987, having been awarded the position as the unanimous choice of the audition committee. In 1993, she was honoured by the Government of Canada when she received the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, in recognition of her contribution to the Arts. She has always taken a great interest in the development of young musicians and maintains a private teaching studio in Winnipeg. She has also been an instructor at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music and teaches regularly at the Mount Royal University in Calgary, where she is a member of the extended faculty. Founding co-artistic director of Morningside Music Bridge, an international summer program featuring the finest young violinists, cellists, and pianists from across China, Europe, the United States, and Canada, she has mentored many of the world’s leading young soloists and competition winners over the past 20 years.