Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes's Biography

Mark Hughes "knows how to spin out a long line with the eloquence of a gifted singer," says Derrick Henry of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Hughes developed his abilities while a student at Northwestern University where he studied with the late Vincent Cichowicz of the Chicago Symphony. After graduation, he was selected to be in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago allowing him to be a scholarship student with Adolph Herseth, the legendary Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony.

Hughes then began touring with Richard Morris as the popular organ and trumpet duo, Toccatas and Flourishes, performing throughout the United States and Canada. His appointment as Associate Principal Trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra followed, a position he held for twelve years. During his time with the ASO, he appeared as soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions, performed on dozens of recordings and was an active studio musician.

Mark is Principal Trumpet of the Houston Symphony, a position he has held since 2006. He has appeared as soloist with the orchestra on several occasions, including the performance of the Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 in C Minor for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings, Opus 35 with Jon Kimura Parker, a performance heard nationally on American Public Media's Symphony Cast. Since his arrival in Houston, Hughes has performed and recorded with the Boston and Chicago Symphonies, and continues to be in demand as a soloist with orchestras and in recital. He is an Affiliate Artist in Trumpet at the University of Houston. In addition, each summer Mark serves on the faculties of the Brevard Music Center and the Texas Music Festival. Mark lives in Bellaire, Texas with his wife Marilyn and their two children, Thomas and Caroline.

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