Pianist, composer and producer Hugo Selles was born in Santander, Cantabria (Northern Spain) in 1988. Hugo is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music ‘Jesús de Monasterio’ (Musical High School), Higher School of Music of the Basque Country ‘Musikene’ (Bachelor in Music), SAE Institute Spain (Music Business Diploma) and The Royal Danish Academy of Music (Masters Degree and Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma – Soloist Class)
Hugo’s diverse musical interests are clearly reflected in the variety of his projects. Hugo is a member of ten different ensembles and projects, including music for piano solo, chamber music groups and other formations, embracing various styles and periods. Several of his projects have an interdisciplinary focus, combining music with other art forms such as poetry, painting and dance, and the fusion of musical genres. Hugo has been the recipient of scholarships from the Botín Foundation of Santander, Warner Music Spain and The Royal Danish Academy of Music, among other institutions.
As a pianist, Hugo has received awards in several competitions in Spain, Italy, Denmark and Sweden, and has performed in concert halls and festivals throughout Europe and Australia. Hugo has studied and played in masterclass for maestros including Francisco San Emeterio Santos, Boris Berman, David Kuyken, Marta Zabaleta, Jeffrey Swann, Gustavo Díaz-Jerez, Kathryn Stott, Claudio Martínez Mehner, Paul Badura-Skoda, Josep Colom, Nina Gade, Simon Holt, Liisa Pohjola, Nino Kereselidze, Alexander Rössler, Moritz Eggert, Amalie Malling, Jens Elvekjær, Gabriel Loidi, Ferenc Rados, Ricardo Descalzo, Sergei Osokin and Niklas Sivelöv.
As a composer, Hugo explores diverse styles of music in his work. His ongoing crossover project Psychic Equalizer has been well received by critics and public. Hugo composed soundtracks for the award-winning documentaries ‘En Los Brazos de la Luz’, about the life and work of Cantabrian painter Enrique Gran, and ‘Susurros’, about the pre-historic paintings of the cave ‘El Moro Chufín’ in Cantabria. Hugo is currently composing several pieces for solo piano and various ensembles.
In addition to music, Hugo is passionate about wildlife and the environment.