Jan Hugo


Jan Hugo, born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, is a cosmopolitan artist and polyglot. He started his music tuition at a young age and soon distinguished himself in local arts-festivals and eisteddfods. Just 13 years old, Jan was invited to further his studies in Modena, Italy, where he received his Bachelor’s degree cum laude and honorary mention. He developed his knowledge and musical abilities further with Franco Scala and Boris Petrushansky at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, Italy. After an enriching experience in Italy, he moved to Leipzig, Germany, where he completed his Master’s degree with distinction at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy”. The musically rich city of Bach, Mendelssohn and Schumann has transformed his artistic personality and given him the ideal environment to develop.


He has participated in various master classes with internationally acclaimed pianists and teachers, such as Michel Dalberto, Robert Levin, Graham Scott, Vovka Ashkenazy, Leslie Howard, Gerald Fauth, Piotr Paleczny, Jin Ju, Riccardo Risaliti, David Ascanio, Adam Wodnicki and Joseph Stanford. He is also passionate about Performance Practice, and has done much research into the style of performance of the 19th century. Bertrand Ott, a Liszt specialist, has guided him in his knowledge about Liszt and his students. He is an active chamber musician and works with opera singers on a regular basis.

 He performs regularly and has played in various cities and festivals in Italy, Greece, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and South Africa, where he has performed with all the major orchestras. 

He has won various competitions in South Africa and abroad. Recent successes include first prize in the piano category of the Royal Overseas League Competition and 2nd prize ex-aecquo ( first prize not awarded) at the “Alkan-Zimmerman piano competition in Athens. He will be performing in South Africa during the whole month of September 2017.

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Short Profile

NameHugo, Jan
Date of Birth1991-02-01
Born inSouth Africa, Africa
Home LocationParis, France
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages French,  Afrikaans,  German,  Italian 
attended UniversitiesAccademia Pianistica Internazionale Imola Italy, Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater Leipzig Germany
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