Richard Hoffman was born in Manchester, England, May 24, 1831.
He had many musical teachers, among whom were his father, Meyer, Pleyel, Moscheles, Rubinstein, Dohler, Thalberg, and Liszt.
At the age of sixteen he came to New York, and in 1848 he made a tour of the United States.
He is well remembered as pianist to Jenny Lind, and he also played with Gottschalk and with Von Bulow (1875). During the many years that he lived in New York he was a successful teacher and accomplished much for musical progress in America.
His compositions include pieces for the piano, songs, part-songs, ballads, and anthems and other church music.