A native of Los Osos, California, Zachary Hughes began piano lessons at the age of nine.  He moved with his family to Abingdon, Virginia, when he was eleven, and he studied with Ann Holler and Chih-Long Hu at East Tennessee State University.  Zack’s family moved to Travelers Rest when he was sixteen, and he continued lessons with Dr. Hu as well as with Fabio Parrini in Greenville.  Zack received his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance in 2015 from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. 

Zack has earned a name interpreting the established piano literature as well as championing the music of contemporary voices.  He has worked extensively with Paris-based composer Jules Matton and gave the Paris premiere of Mr. Matton’s Sonata Mistica to great accalim, resulting in an encore performance the following year.  He is the winner of numerous piano competitions and is in demand for performances both in the U. S. and abroad. 

Zack is currently preparing a year-long concert cycle for 2020 in Greenville, featuring all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.