David Hughes


Philadelphia, PA

David Hughes



David Hughes has performed at the Kennedy Center, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw and the Spanish Embassy in Washington, DC. In 2014 he was featured on Philadelphia’s WRTI radio station in an hour-long segment of solo repertoire. Recent engagements also include a solo recital of American works at the USA Foundation of the Cité Universitaire in Paris. He can also be heard playing four different keyboard instruments on John Zorn’s violin concerto, “Contes de Fées,” on the Tzadik label.

Mr. Hughes has a strong interest in contemporary music and received third prize in the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition—one of the world’s premier competitions for modern music—as a member of Outer Banks Duo with saxophonist Stacy Wilson. This was followed by the release of their debut CD, L’Incandescence. He is also a past recipient of a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center and a prizewinner in the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition.

Mr. Hughes currently resides in Philadelphia where he teaches and works as a freelance musician. He holds a doctoral degree in piano performance from Indiana University.

For a complete bio and recordings, please visit http://davidhughespianist.com


My complete potential repertoire is too large to list, but here are some sample programs!

Program 1:
J.S. Bach--Goldberg Variations
Komitas--Six Dances for Piano

Program 2 ("Hommage a Helps": a program in memoriam of composer and pianist Robert Helps):
Faure--Nocturne no. 4
Robert Helps--Hommage a Faure
Rachmaninoff--Moment Musicaux no. 5
Helps--Hommage a Rachmaninoff
Helps--Hommage a Ravel
Chopin--Nouvelle Etude no. 2
Godowsky--Study no. 45, after Chopin's Nouvelle etude no.2 (frequently performed by Helps)
John Ireland--April

Program 3:
Schubert--Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960
Scarlatti--Three Sonatas
Shostakovich--Sonata no. 2


Program 1 (English Music For Piano and Strings):
Frank Bridge--"Phantasy" Piano Quartet in F-sharp Minor
Arthur Benjamin--Sonata for Viola and Piano
William Walton--Piano Quartet

Program 2 (Russian Music for Cello):
Shostakovich--Sonata for Cello and Piano
Rachmaninoff--Sonata for Cello and Piano

Program 3 (Piano Trio):
Martinu: Trio no. 3
Mozart: Trio, K. 498 ("Kegelstatt")
Dvorak: Trio in F Minor


Past groupmuses (2)

  • Piano Recital

    Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

    • Neighborhood: Center City West, Philadelphia
    • Composers: Liszt, Beethoven, Hoiby, Schubert
    • Instruments: Solo piano
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened over 4 years ago

  • Mt. Airy Salon

    Saturday, Sep 15, 2018 6:30 PM EDT

    • Neighborhood: Northwest, Philadelphia
    • Composers: Fauré, Helps, Schubert
    • Instruments: Solo piano
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened over 5 years ago