Hugo A. Valverde won the audition for Second Horn at the MET Orchestra in May 2017, and started as an official member of the orchestra in August 2017.
A native of Costa Rica; Hugo started his musical journey when he was seven years old at the local school of music located in his hometown, Barva, Heredia. A year later, after a long day of musical instrument trials, he decided to learn how to play the French Horn. His first teacher was Daniel León, from 2003 until 2007.
In 2008 he got accepted at the National Music Institute of Costa Rica, joining the horn studio of the Principal Horn of the Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra, Luis Murillo. Hugo had the opportunity to be part of several ensembles that helped him to develop a more intimate love for the music and most importantly, the art form.
Mr. Valverde has played with the Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra as both assistant and second horn, and this helped him to gain more experience as an orchestral musician at his young age.
In 2012, he auditioned for the Lynn University Conservatory of Music located in Boca Raton, FL, where he was accepted to begin his bachelor degree and musical studies with Gregory E. Miller. He successfully graduated in May 2016.
In 2016, he auditioned and was also accepted to the Master of Music program at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, located in Houston, TX. His time at the Shepherd School of Music was very important in order to develop and shape certain aspects to become a successful orchestral musician nowadays. Hugo had the opportunity to study with the internationally acclaimed horn teacher and pedagogue, William VerMeulen.
He attended the Chautauqua Music Festival in 2014, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas in 2015 and the Pacific Music Festival in 2016. While at the YOA Festival, Hugo had the privilege to study with Javier Gandara, who is a current member of the MET Orchestra horn section.
In his spare time, Hugo enjoys going on occasional bike rides and having coffee with friends.