He holds a BMus International and an MA(First Class) in Composition both from NUI Maynooth and has studied with Jesse Ronneau & Vít Zouhar and participated in masterclasses and workshops with Peter Ablinger, Kevin Volans, Seppo Gründler & Laurent Pottier both at home and abroad.
He has worked with the internationally renowned bassoonist Pascal Gallois, Irish virtuoso, clarinetist Paul Roe, the Galway ensemble in residence ConTempo Quartet, international young violinist Cora Venus Lunny, ChristChurch organist David Bremner and the award winning percussionist Alex Petcu amongst others.
He is represented by the Association of Irish Composers(AIC),the ISCM, a member of the Irish Composers Collective and works at The Electronic Music Studio(ECM) in Stockholm, Sweden. His music appears on the Belgian netlabel TapeSafe.
He has had performances in The National Concert Hall, Christ-Church Cathedral, Hilltown New Music Festival, SAW festival, various galleries and spaces around Dublin including the Back Loft & the Oonagh Young Gallery, DIT Rathmines, Trinity College, NUI Maynooth and the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.
He has written for many varied ensembles from solo, chamber to orchestral works including electronics(live DSP, synthesized, & fixed media spatial audio).
As an improvisor he has performed in NUI Maynooth, and the Contemporary Music Centre with artists and composers such as Jesse Ronneau, Han-Earl Park, The Quiet Club, Susan Geaney, Eoin Smith, Piaras Hoban and JinSun Lim.
Ben McHugh works with software such as Csound, MaxMSP, OpenMusic, Processing, PureData, Spear & Supercollider. Most of which are available on Sourceforge.net for free.
Apart from music and sound technology Ben is interested in photography, film, lighting, visual art, audio programming & interactivity, the outdoors, philosophy, psychology, Czech beer, nature, Chinese tea, coffee, books & travel.