piano accompanist - duo coach
Jennifer was awarded the 2013 Royal Over-Seas League Accompanist Prize, the AESS Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition Accompanist Prize, the Joaninha Trust Accompanist Prize, the Titanic Memoriam Prize (RCM) and an award from the Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Trust. She was also a 2016 Park Lane Group Artist.
She studied with Hilary Coates as a DfES Scholar at Wells Cathedral School and later graduated with both Bachelor and Masters Degrees from the Royal College of Music where she studied with John Blakely and Roger Vignoles. Her studies were supported by the Draper’s Company, Henry Wood Trust, Help Musicians UK and the Worshipful Company of Founders. Jennifer also held the Gilbert and Eileen Edgar Junior Fellowship in piano accompaniment at the RCM.
"Splendid accompanist" (Gramophone)
"Hughes's piano playing is sensitive and strongly defined" (The Strad)
Jennifer Hughes is a collaborative pianist specialising in the repertoire for piano and strings. Based in London and Cambridge, she has performed across the UK and Europe at venues including Wigmore Hall, Sala Verdi Milano, Bridgewater Hall, Oslo Opera House, St John’s Smith Square, St James’s Piccadilly and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. She has also performed at Festivals in Russia, China, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden and Norway, as well as across the UK. She recently released two discs 'Ireland, Delius & Bax: Cello Sonatas' and 'British Cello Works' with Lionel Handy (Lyrita).
Jennifer is Duo Coach and staff pianist for the String Department at the Royal College of Music. She also accompanies and coaches students at The Perse School, Cambridge and St Paul's Girls School. She is a regular faculty member at Aldeburgh Young Musicians, New Virtuosi International Mastercourse, Festival Quattro Corde and Voksenasen SummerAcademy.