Born in 1974 in Durban, South Africa and raised in London, Hope played Shostakovich on British television at age ten and became a prot_g_ of Yehudi Menuhin at age 11. He studied first at the Royal College of Music, then at the Royal Academy of Music with Zakhar Bron, whose other students include Vadim Repin and Maxim Vengerov.
In 2002 Hope became the youngest musician ever to join the Beaux Arts Trio, with which he remains through the end of next season. He has performed as soloist with literally dozens of prominent orchestras, conductors and festivals; his previous discs have garnered numerous awards and critical praise. His recording of the Britten and Berg Violin Concertos won three major prizes in 2004.
Hope's first DG recording will be of Mendelssohn's G minor Concerto and Octet; its release will coincide with the publication of the violinist's first book, The Music of Time, which will examine the relationship between Hope and his ancestors and Felix Mendelssohn.