Hugo Bell (1992) is a composer based in London whose work explores a wide variety of musical phenomena such as semi-open notation, non-standard performance techniques and process-derived structure. He has written for a variety of media and instrumentations but is primarily interested in acoustic composition for small groups.
His music has been performed by musicians and ensembles including Ensemble Oerknal, New European Ensemble, Jacob Lekkerkerker, Gloria Yehilevsky, Ere Lievonen, Decibel, Genesis Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars and Royal Northern Sinfonia, with performances across the UK as well as in USA, Netherlands, Austria and Sweden.
In 2014, Hugo was awarded joint first-prize in NCEM’s young composer award for his piece Lamentations which was subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He received the Conservatoire Award in the Philip Bates Prize for Composers while studying at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2017. His studies began at Newcastle University (UK) and he has also spent time studying at Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama (SE), Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (UK) and The Royal Conservatory of The Hague (NL).