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Michael Hughes

Michael is a composer and guitarist from Birmingham. In 2010 he received a scholarship to study guitar at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, graduating in 2014 with a first class honours, also winning first prize in the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama guitar competition. Michael then went on to complete his MMus in guitar and composition at the Royal College of Music in 2016 for which he received a scholarship from the Denne Gilkes foundation. He is currently studying at the RCM with William Mival and Stephen Goss for his DMus in composition, supported by the RCM and the Frank Bridge Studentship.

In 2010 Michael was a highly commended winner on BBC Young Composer of the Year, he also received second prize in the Timo Korhonen International Composition Competition 2016 and was highly commended in the Volos International Composition Competition 2016. His music has been performed in venues including the National Portrait Gallery, Barbican, Amaryllis Fleming concert hall, The National Museum of Wales, The Sibelius Academy and for Listenpony concert series. Michael’s music has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 by the Aurora Orchestra.

Whilst studying at the RCM Michael founded ‘What Guitar Trio’ an ensemble that specialise in original repertoire for three guitars with a focus on contemporary and early classical music, the ensemble were selected for the IGF Young Artist Platform 2018/19. Michael also founded the traditional Brazilian music ensemble The Chorões. Michael’s performance highlights with both ensembles and as a soloist include Wigmore Hall, The Southbank Centre, Kings Place, The National Portrait Gallery, The National Museum of Wales, Greenwich Early Music Festival, The Royal Albert Hall Verdi Restaurant and The Royal Academy of Arts.

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William Mival


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Michael Hughes

Early Career Researcher