Hugh Livingston creates multimedia installations related to natural and built spaces and performs exploratory cello music. Hugh graduated cum laude in music from Yale, recipient of the Bach Society Prize for excellence in musicianship. He has an MFA in contemporary music from the California Institute of the Arts and a doctorate from UC San Diego. Hugh composes situational music: responses to spaces, landscapes, history and people. He has catalogued 120 different pizzicato techniques for the cello and conducted extensive research in China on contemporary and historical music. His most recent book contribution is on contemporary sound garden design, forthcoming from Harvard University Press.
Hugh Livingston is an innovator in the presentation of public sound environments, with installations over the world in gardens, museums, galleries and resonant spaces. He has composed a large-scale outdoor opera to be performed on a river, and is sound artist in residence at the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens in Washington, DC. Recently he was the McKnight Foundation Fellow Composer in Residence in Minneapolis with the American Composers Forum, and is the recipient of numerous grants from foundations such as Rockefeller, Getty, Doris Duke, Andrew Mellon, Fleishhacker, and Haas.