A native of Los Osos, California, Zachary Hughes is being hailed as a pianist who “has
done all the right things to polish his technique, explore what depth of phrasing means
and keep his ears alert to fine ensemble” (The Columbia Free Times).
Frequently sought after as a performer, Mr. Hughes has earned a name interpreting
the established literature as well as championing the music of contemporary voices. He
has worked extensively with Paris-based composer Jules Matton and gave the Paris
premier of Mr. Matton’s Sonata Mistica to great acclaim at Le Temple Protestant de
L’Oratoire du Louvre, resulting in an encore performance the following year by popular
demand. Mr. Hughes has since collaborated with Mr. Matton to present the latter’s
music at several venues in New York City and throughout the U.S.
Mr. Hughes has been recognized at numerous national and international
competitions and was awarded First Prize at the Arthur Fraser International Piano
Competition, the Lee University Piano Competition, the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn
Concerto Competition, and the St. Andrews International Piano Competition. He has
participated in music festivals around the globe, most notably the Oxford Piano Festival
(UK), the Fontainebleau Music School (France) and the Southeastern Piano Festival
(USA) where he has found a week-long home for each of the past six summers.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Hughes was the only American musician chosen in
2013 to represent the U.S. at the Kyoto International Music Students Festival in Japan,
where he spent two weeks working with musicians from eight countries to present solo
and collaborative concerts in Kyoto’s Alti Hall. In addition, he has played concerti with
orchestras such as the South Carolina Philharmonic and the Saint Andrew’s Festival
Orchestra, working with Maestros Morihiko Nakahara, Gary Robinson and Lewis Dalvit
Mr. Hughes holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from The Juilliard
School where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. He is currently pursuing his Master of
Music in Piano Performance at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville under Dr. Chih-
long Hu and serves as the Principal Keyboardist for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.