Hugh Livingston creates large-scale digital media installations related to natural and built spaces. 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 research in China on contemporary and historical music. His most recent publication is on contemporary sound garden design, from Harvard University Press.
Hugh Livingston is an innovator in the presentation of public sound environments, with installations in gardens, museums, galleries and resonant spaces. He has composed a large-scale outdoor opera to be performed on a river, and is artist in residence at the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens in Washington, DC. He has been the McKnight Foundation Fellow Composer in Residence in Minneapolis, and is the recipient of numerous grants from foundations such as Rockefeller, Getty, Doris Duke, Andrew Mellon, Fleishhacker, and Haas. Hugh is a 2016-17 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow and Artist-in-Residence at Fort Mason.