WALNUT CREEK -- Matilda Hofman, a lecturer in the UC Davis music department. has been chosen as the new artistic director-conductor of the Diablo Symphony.
She will lead the symphony beginning in October, when it kicks off its 2012-13 five-concert 50th anniversary season at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
Hofman, 33, was selected after a yearlong screening process. Her work as a conductor ranges from opera and symphonic repertoire to contemporary music.
Hofman was chosen from among four other finalists vying to replace Joyce Johnson Hamilton, who retired last year after serving as the Diablo Symphony's artistic director and conductor for 30 years. Hofman becomes the sixth conductor of the Diablo Symphony since its founding in 1962.
In addition to symphony orchestras, Hofman has conducted operas throughout Europe and was assistant conductor at Sacramento Opera. She is a regular guest conductor of the Empyrean Ensemble at UC Davis and the Bay Area's Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.
In 2003 Hofman formed the Bay Area-based Keisler Ensemble, a group seven musicians. She is the conductor and artistic director.
A native of Oxford, England, she studied at Cambridge University, the Royal Academy of Music and the Eastman School of Music. She is married to Christian Baldini, an internationally recognized composer and conductor who leads the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. The couple has two young sons.