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About Lloyd Van't Hoff

I wear a number of different hats in my “job”. Everything from performing on the Sydney Opera House stage, to explaining how the clarinet works to children in outback Australia, working with composers to bring their work to life, and bringing live music to people who wouldn’t normally have access to it. I enjoy the variety and unpredictability of everything I do, and value the power that music has to change people’s lives. I am constantly inspired by the vastly different kinds of individuals I meet, and energised by the effect that music can have on them and their communities.

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Born in Darwin Australia, Lloyd Van’t Hoff enjoys a career as a vibrant, young clarinettist, chamber musician, collaborator and educator.

Lloyd has shared, created and performed music all throughout the world. Performances at the Beijing International Festival of Modern Music (Beijing, China), Menhuin Festival (Gstaad, Switzerland), Mecklenberg-Vorpommen Festival (Germany), Grafenegg Summer Music Festival (Grafenegg, Austria) and the Banff Centre (Banff, Canada) have all showcased Lloyd’s versatility as a musician on a global scale. Closer to home, Lloyd has enjoyed great success having won the 2015 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award.

A regular performer at Australia’s major international arts festivals, Lloyd’s recent highlights have included performances at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Huntington Estate Music Festival, Perth International Arts Festival and the  Musica Viva Festival. As a collaborator, Lloyd played a featured role in the Aria award-winning project, Conversations With Ghosts, alongside singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, Recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey and composer James Ledger. Recent orchestral highlights include concerto performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria, and appearances as guest principal clarinet with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria  and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.

Lloyd is a founding member of Arcadia Winds, Australia’s leading young wind ensemble, and Musica Viva’s Inaugural FutureMakers. With Arcadia Winds Lloyd has performed across Australia and China, commissioned dozens of new Australian works, and developed The Air I Breathe, an education show in collaboration with Musica Viva in Schools that reaches tens of thousands of children across Australia every year.

Lloyd studied under the tutelage of Paul Dean, and Floyd Williams at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and with David Thomas at the Australian National Academy of Music. More recently, Lloyd studied with esteemed pedagogue Yehuda Gilad. Lloyd is very proudly a Buffet Crampon performing artist.

See below for a downloadable biography.


Limelight Magazine

"Life-affirming music making"

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Arcadia Winds

In 2013 we formed Arcadia Winds and couldn't have imagined it to have grown as much as it has! I'm proud of the work we do as ambassadors for wind music, champions for new music and in the field of education and regional touring. You can find out more by visiting our website


Buffet Crampon

Since 2018 I've enjoyed a great relationship with Buffet Crampon, playing on their instruments as one of their performing artists. It's special for me to be a part of community of clarinetists, many of whom were my idols from a young age. You can check out my artist profile on the Buffet Crampon website here



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