Born in Portugal, Hugo Paiva began is musical studies with the cellist Petia Samardjieva.

In 2009, he started his higher studies at the Academy of Orchestra in the class

of Paulo Gaio Lima, where he finished in 2013 his Bachelor. In 2013, he started his Master Degree at the Haute École de musique de Genève in the class of Daniel Grosgurin, where he finished in 2015 in the class of Ophélie Gaillard. 

He recorded the album- “Alvorada: Ophélie Gaillard,” with his teacher Ophélie Gaillard. In the same year he recorded also the piece “Assobio jato” from Hector Villa-Lobos with the flutist Adriana Ferreira for her album of the Italian magazine “falaut”. He had the opportunity to work with Marcio Carneiro, Maria de Macedo, Xavier Gagnepain, Xavier Philips, Pieter Wispelwey, Jeroen 

Reuling, Frans Helmerson, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Gary Hoffman,

Claudio Bohórquez, Lluis Claret, Marc Coppey. In 2015 he joined The Menuhin Academy and the Menuhin Academy Soloists directed by Maxim Vengerov. 

Hugo won internacional prizes and played in important festivals and concert halls, including Istanbul Music Festival, Ohrid Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival (Switzerland), Pietra Santa beim Konzertfestival, Festival du Printemps du Violon (Paris), Ensemble de Violoncelos de Santa Cristina, Crans Montana Klassiker, Lockenhaus Festival (Switzerland), KKL (Luzern), Mozarteum (Salzburg), VictoriaHall (Genf), Zorlu-Center (Istanbul), Kirchner Cultural Center (Buenos Aires), Teatro El Circulo (Rosário), Teatro Las Condes (Santiago), Casa de la Música (Quito), Paul Klee Zentrum (Bern), Auditório da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lissabon), und Casa da Música (Porto). 

Since 2018 Hugo alongside Mrika Sefa (pianist) founded the Duo Litanei. Hugo currently lives in Leipzig where he participates in chamber music and contemporary music projects.

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