attended St. Johns College, Cambridge, from whence he graduated with a
Master’s degree in anthropology and medicine, and Yale, where he
studied music. His teachers
included Aldo Parisot, William Pleeth, and Jacqueline Du Pre.
He won the
Bach Prize in 1990 at the Tchaikovsky Competition, which was held in Moscow, Russia.
In 1995, he
joined the London Symphony Orchestra as their principal cello. Other groups with whom he has worked
include the Ankara Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Domus, the London
Chamber Players, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Nash Ensemble, the Pamplona
Symphony, the Solomon Trio, and St. John’s
College Choir at Cambridge.
Andre Previn’s “Sonata for Cello and
Piano”, with the composer at the keys, in Barbican Centre on 18th
November 2007, he was the soloist with the LSO in a performance of “Cello
Concerto No. 1” by Boris Tishchenko.
He gave a
memorial concert for his brother, violist Steve Hugh, on 26th November
2007. The program, which
included “Sonata for Solo Cello” by Zoltan
Kodaly, has been immortalized in CD form. The proceeds from Hands on Heart go to the British
recordings on which he appears include: Adagio
2, Boccherini: Cello Concertos, Cello Moments, Discover Music of the Classical Era, English Choral Music, Finzi: Cello Concerto/Grand Fantasia and
Awards 2000, Hofmann: Cello Concertos, the soundtrack
of Kate and Leopold, Mozart’s Contemporaries, Standing Stone by Paul McCartney, Tavener:
Song for Athene/Svyati, and Walton: Violin Concerto/Cello Concerto.
March 2011, he and Roman Simovic teamed up for an
arrangement by Johan Halvorsen of George Frideric Handel’s “Passacaglia” at
LSO St. Luke’s.
He and pianist
Peter Donohue joined forces for a pair of cello sonatas by Frederic Chopin
and Sergei Rachmaninoff at the Holburne
Museum in Bath, England,
on 18th February 2012.
August 2012, he and cellist Ghislaine McMullin and pianist Peter McMullin
participated in a Multiple Sclerosis Charity Cello Recital in the
Jacqueline du Pre Music Building at the University of Oxford. The recital featured works by
Benjamin Britten, Alexander Glazunov and Jacques Offenbach, and proceeds
went directly to the MS Society.