De Parys Trio - about the members

Jill Hughes

Jill Hughes studied flute with John Francis at the Royal College of Music and Peter Lloyd at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Jill made her London recital debut at the Wigmore Hall and had the unique honour of being chosen to play in the European Youth Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan in Berlin. She played principal flute with the Ulster Orchestra and then with Northern Sinfonia in roles that included orchestral, concerto and chamber music performance.
She was a founder member of the period instrument group Quadro Adriano and has pursued a parallel career as a baroque flautist. Jill taught at the Universities of Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne. After a move to Scotland, she performed recitals, taught at St Leonards School in St Andrews and was an examiner at the RSAMD. After returning south, Jill was appointed visiting flute teacher at Bedford and Bedford Modern Schools. She has undertaken a number of recital and concerto engagements, partnering her husband Martin and celebrated harpsichordist Richard Egarr in a performance of the fifth Brandenburg Concerto by J. S. Bach.

Martin Hughes

Martin Hughes studied violin with Leonard Hirsch at the Royal College of Music as a Foundation and Leverhulme Scholar winning all the major violin prizes. He made his Wigmore Hall debut to critical acclaim and has given concerts and recitals at home and abroad. He became Associate Leader of Northern Sinfonia, partnering such world famous violinists as Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Vladimir Spivakov and Günther Pichler in the double and triple concertos of J.S. Bach. He also featured as soloist on CD, BBC Radio 3 and Television. Five hectic and successful years were spent in Glasgow as Head of Strings at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he led the renaissance of the Strings Department.
At this time he was invited onto the prestigious ARD Munich International Competition jury, undertook conducting and solo directing, and formed links with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and Concerto Caledonia. He returned to England to become Head of Strings at Bedford School in 2003. Martin has pursued exciting opportunities with directing, coaching chamber music and concert-giving, and has collaborated with celebrated harpsichordist Richard Egarr in a Bach programme. Television appearances have been made in “Elgar, The Lost Concerto”, a BBC 1 film in the series “Imagine”, and also in Howard Goodall's Channel 4 series “How Music Works”.

Eric Hill
Eric Hill was first drawn to the guitar at an early age after hearing the playing of Django Reinhardt. He began his musical studies as a jazz guitarist, receiving tuition from Ivor Mairants and performing in several London bands. On switching to the classical instrument he was largely self taught apart from advanced studies with Julian Bream. Eric was a prize-winner at the ORTF “Concours Internationale de Guitare” in Paris and has presented recitals all over the world, including at the Wigmore Hall, London and the Lincoln Center, New York. He has also recorded several highly acclaimed solo albums for Saga and Decca which often featured a single composer per disc instead of the usual “pot pourri” approach to guitar recordings.
Eric has made many broadcasts for the BBC. Highlights include the first live broadcast performance of the Claude Bolling “Concerto for Classical Guitar and Jazz Trio”, and a BBC promenade concert with the English Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim, featuring the music of Anton Webern. Teaching appointments have included Leeds College of Music and the Purcell School, and for many years Eric taught at John Dankworth's Wavendon Allmusic residential course. At present he teaches at Bedford School where the De Parys Trio was formed.
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