Kurt Hofmann, 18 May 1931 – 5 February 2024

Kurt Hofmann
Photo by Dr. Teresa Cäcilia Ramming, Brahms-Institut Lübeck

We share the sad news that Prof. Kurt Hofmann, eminent Brahms researcher and collector, passed away on 5 February at the age of 92. Hofmann was a Corresponding Director of the ABS for over 30 years and, with his wife Renate Hofmann, an Honorary Member of the Society since 1999. His many publications, which include inventories of Brahms’s library and the first editions of his music, and with Renate Hofmann a timeline of Brahms’s life and works and a chronology of Brahms’s performances, are indispensable to Brahms research. We will miss his friendship, his generous spirit, and his unbridled enthusiasm for Brahms, his music, and his world.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, 27 February, at 12:30 p.m. in the Fritz-Schumacher Halle of the Hamburg-Ohlsdorf Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Johannes-Brahms-Gesellschaft Hamburg e. V. in Prof. Hofmann’s name. IBAN: DE15 2005 0550 1280 3132 38, BIC: HASPDEHHXXX, or via Paypal at info@brahms-hamburg.de.