Benjamin studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire before taking up an invitation to study with Alexander Baillie in Bremen.
During this time he gave solo recitals and concerto performances, broadcasts for Radio Bremen and Deutschland Radio Berlin, and also performed with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Bremen Philharmonic. He went on to study with Steven Doane at the Eastman School of Music before returning to the UK to complete his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2004.
Principal Cello of the BBC Concert Orchestra since 2007, he is building a reputation as one of the UK’s leading instrumentalists. A versatile musician, he appears regularly on BBC Radio and Television and performs as a concerto soloist on BBC Radio 3.
As Guest Principal cello he has worked with many of Britain’s orchestras, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Prior to joining the BBC Concert Orchestra he was a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has worked with many of the world’s leading conductors in Britain and abroad touring worldwide.
Also in demand as a chamber musician, he regularly performs with the Fibonacci Sequence, with which he has recorded works by Brahms, Elgar, Messiaen and Schubert on the Dutton and Deux-Elles labels.
A few years ago he won a national design competition for the designing and making of a new instrument on which he played a solo work as part of BBC Radio 3’s Electronica series from the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Benjamin Hughes is an Honorary Member of the Birmingham Conservatoire and Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Music.