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. In 2016, Denise received her M.M. from Mannes College of Music under the tutelage of Lowell Liebermann.
Denise’s music has been performed at the National Opera Center, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Spectrum and Mannes College in New York City; City Hall Theatre in Hong Kong; Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore; HellHOT!, a Hong Kong New Music Festival; the International Dance Festival 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. 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 three theatre productions, including NYC production Harriman-Baines at Theatre for the New City.
Denise's awards include fellowships from Yaddo Colony, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts and the Mannes College Dean's Award; she has been commissioned by Musicus Society and the Hong Kong Composer’s Guild.