Nathan Hughes joined the Seattle Symphony as principal oboe in December 2002. He previously served as principal oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and as associate principal oboe of the San Francisco Symphony. Hughes has also performed as guest principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
In 2002, at the request of Maestro James Levine, Hughes made his New York solo debut performing with the prestigious Met Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. He made his European solo debut in 2000 with the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. Hughes has since performed around the world, most recently in Poland, where in 2005 he performed with the Sinfonietta Polonia, conducted a workshop with young oboists and judged a national soloist competition. A prolific chamber musician, Hughes has collaborated with such artists as Mitsuko Uchida and Richard Goode at the Marlboro Music Festival and André Watts at Lincoln Center, as well as with musicians from the Seattle Chamber Music Society. He has also participated in numerous music festivals, including Aspen, Lucerne, Salzburg, Sarasota, Spoleto USA and Tanglewood.
Born in St. Paul, Minn., Hughes studied with John Mack at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he won the school's concerto competition and received the Jim Hall Award for outstanding undergraduate achievement. Hughes subsequently attended The Juilliard School on full scholarship, where he earned a Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Elaine Douvas. Devoted to education, he currently serves on the faculty of the University of Washington.