Owain Arwel Hughes CBE

Owain Arwel Hughes has conducted and recorded with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Among his titles have been Associate Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London; Associate Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Principal Conductor of the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Denmark; Principal Guest Conductor of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, South Africa.

Owain Arwel Hughes is fiercely proud of his Welsh heritage and Wales’ reputation as a Land of Song. He is an instinctive accompanist of the human voice with a long line of distinguished singers who have valued having him on the podium alongside them. These include Dame Janet Baker, Bryn Terfel, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Solie Isokoski and Lesley Garrett. A natural interest in his native Wales led him to found the Cardiff Welsh Proms in 1986 and his belief in forging a future for young Welsh musicians led him to agree to become Music Director of The National Youth Orchestra of Wales, the first orchestra of its kind in the world.

Arwel Hughes’ contribution to music is widely recognised and marked with honorary doctorates and fellowships at nine Universities and Music Conservatoires. He was awarded the OBE in recognition of his services to music and charitable work, and further honoured in January 2009 when he received the CBE. In 2014 Owain was made Professor of Performance to the University of Wales Trinity St. David.

Further information about Owain Arwel Hughes can be found at his official website www.owainarwelhughes.co.uk