Hugh Millington is a classical guitarist who works extensively in the areas of performance research, new music performance, and community and outreach work. His research particularly explores the guitar in the nineteenth century, utilising various period instruments. Hugh has given a number of lecture recitals, notably at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel (2018); the Royal Academy of Music Museum (2018); and at the plenary conference for the Society for Musicology in Ireland (2022).
Hugh regularly performs in the Miyabi Duo with guitarist Saki Kato, and together they have collaborated with many composers, including Sylvia Lim and Mihailo Trandafilovski, whose pieces they premiered at the Wigmore Hall in 2021 and 2022. They have recently recorded on albums of music by Edward Cowie and Mihailo Trandafilovski, both of which will be released in 2022. In 2022 they will begin recording the complete guitar music of Timothy Bowers.
The Miyabi Duo also works extensively in community music-making contexts, with participants ranging from babies to elderly people living with dementia. In 2020, the duo was awarded the Wigmore Hall Learning/Open Academy Ensemble Fellowship.
Hugh graduated from the University of Cambridge with the degree of Master of Philosophy in Musicology (2020), where he was awarded the prestigious Waldmann Music Award at Sidney Sussex College. He previously studied with a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded the John McAslan Prize, the Timothy Gilson Guitar Prize, and the LRAM diploma.