Ben McHugh (b. 1989) is a Composer and Musician from County Dublin, Ireland.
He holds a BMus International in Composition from NUI Maynooth and has studied with Jesse Ronneau, Martin O’ Leary, Vít Zouhar and Gordon Delap and attended master-classes in composition and computer music with John McLachlan, Kevin Volans, Seppo Gründler and Laurent Pottier, Steven Yi & Edson Zampronha in NUI Maynooth, the Irish Composition Summer School and Palacký University, Olomouc in the Czech Republic. He recently completed an MA(First Class) in Composition and Computer music under the instruction of: Jesse Ronneau, Martin O’ Leary, Victor Lazzarini and Gordon Delap.
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, a member of the Irish Composers collective and his music appears on the Belgian netlabel TapeSafe, he also performs with the Fuaim Ensemble & Gamelan Nua.
He has had performances in The National Concert Hall, Christ-Church Cathedral, Hilltown New Music Festival, Back Loft Dublin, 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 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, fancy tea(various kinds) & coffee, books and travel.