Nathan Hughes is Principal Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera and on the faculty of The Juilliard School. He previously served as Principal Oboe of the Seattle Symphony and has made guest appearances as Principal Oboe with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony.
An avid chamber musician, Hughes has performed with the Philadelphia and Seattle Chamber Music Societies as well as at the festivals of Aspen, Bridgehampton, Lucerne, Marlboro, Salzburg, Santa Fe, Sarasota, Spoleto, and Tanglewood. He has received critical acclaim for his performances as concerto soloist with the MET Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Seattle Symphony and Verbier Festival Orchestra.
The New York Times praised his caliber of performance as simply “excellent” and the American Record Guide declared him a musician “worth dying for.”
Hughes has presented masterclasses at the Cleveland Institute, Eastman, Manhattan School, New World Symphony, National Orchestral Institute, Oberlin, Toronto’s Royal Conservatory, Poznań Academy in Poland and Verbier Festival.
He has earned degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School.