Bernard Hoffer

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Bernard Hoffer
Born (1934-10-14) October 14, 1934 (age 88)
Zurich, Switzerland
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor
Known forThunderCats

Bernard Hoffer (born October 14, 1934) is a Swiss-born American composer and conductor. He is best known for his work on American cartoons such as ThunderCats and SilverHawks. He worked on several of Rankin/Bass' television series and specials. The music he developed for The MacNeil-Lehrer Report, used on the PBS NewsHour until 2015, was nominated for an Emmy Award, and he has won six Clio Awards for his work on commercials. He has also conducted several musical shows, such as the ballets A Boston Cinderella! and Ma Goose.

Early life and education[edit]

Hoffer was born in Zurich, Switzerland. In his early years he received musical training at the Dalcroze School in New York, then later studied composition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.


Hoffer worked as the arranger for the U.S. Army Field Band of Washington, D.C., and later became a freelance musician.


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