Mark Hughes (Trumpet) is currently Principal Trumpet of the Houston Symphony, a position he has held since 2006. He has appeared as soloist with the HSO on several occasions, including performances of Shostakovich's Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Trumpet in 2008 and 2016, both performances heard nationally on American Public Radio's "Symphony Cast." He has also performed the Haydn and Hummel Trumpet Concertos with the HSO, as well as Copland's Quiet City, the Hovhaness Prayer of St. Gregory and Clarke's Carnival of Venice. In recent years, Hughes has appeared as guest principal trumpet with both the Chicago and Pittsburgh Symphonies, toured and recorded with the CSO and performed and recorded with the Boston Symphony. He also continues to be in demand as a soloist with orchestras and in recital, as well as teaching masterclasses across the U.S. Hughes studied at Northwestern University with the late Vincent Cichowicz of the Chicago Symphony. After graduation, he was selected to be in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, allowing him to be a scholarship student with Adolph Herseth, the legendary Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony. Hughes then began touring with Richard Morris as the popular organ and trumpet duo, Toccatas and Flourishes, performing throughout the U.S. and Canada. His appointment as Associate Principal Trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra followed, a position he held for 12 years. Hughes is currently an Affiliate Artist in Trumpet at the University of Houston. In addition, each summer he serves on the faculty of the Texas Music Festival. He lives in Bellaire, TX with his wife Marilyn and their two children, Thomas and Caroline.