Denise Mei Yan Hofmann was born in Hong Kong. Half-Swiss, half-Chinese, she was raised in Seoul, Bangkok, Istanbul and Hong Kong.
Denise started playing guitar at age 10, captivated by jazz and instrumental rock, she started improvising a year later. However, Denise only decided to pursue music and composition seriously upon graduation from Middlebury College in 2011, where she received a B.A. in 19th Century Chinese history. Denise received her M.M. from Mannes College of Music under the tutelage of Lowell Liebermann.
Denise’s music has been played at the National Opera Center, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Spectrum and Mannes College in New York City; the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore; HellHOT!, a Hong Kong New Music Festival; the International Dance Festival (2013) in Bangkok Thailand and in Montreal, Canada. Denise arranged the jazz standard Georgia on my Mind for the Johnny Rodgers Band, which was performed by the Moscow Symphony in June 2013. Denise has written incidental music for 3 theatre productions, most recently NYC production Harriman-Baines at Theatre for the New City. Denise was commissioned this fall by the Hong Kong Composer’s Guild to compose a trio for SOUND-IMAGination: Hong Kong Postcards, which was premiered in December 2014 at the Hong Kong Arts Center.
In 2016, Denise was awarded residency at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts and the Mannes College Dean’s Award.