With a tone and musicality described as “pure chocolate”, Patrick Hughes has soloed in recitals throughout the US, at annual regional horn conferences, and at 11 International Horn Symposia. In 2006 he performed the Asian premiere of Kazimierz Machala’s Concerto for Horn, Winds and Percussion in Bangkok, Thailand. Other international ventures have included performances in China, Australia, the UK, Belgium, and Brazil. He has been a featured soloist with various ensembles at the University of Texas (most recently performing the Hamburg Concerto by György Ligeti) as well as the Northwestern University Percussion Ensemble, the St. Olaf Orchestra, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. The Dallas Morning News described Hughes as “…a dream soloist…His tone was warm and honeyed, his virtuosity and legato both apparently effortless.”
Hughes wears many hats at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music: Associate Professor of Horn, Head of the Brass Wind and Percussion Division, and Director of the award-winning UT Horn Choir. He previously served as Director of Graduate Studies. He also enjoys an active and varied musical life as pedagogue, soloist, chamber and free-lance musician, guest clinician, and composer. In a recent return to composition and arranging he has produced a number of pieces for Horn Choir and horn in chamber music including: From Hildegard, Dancing on the Hill, True Colors, Pange Lingua, and Morrison’s Jig. His music is published through Brownwood Music Publishing.
Hughes is a current member of the Advisory Council for the International Horn Society and plays a custom Patterson horn.