Hailed by critics for being “a passionate and committed violinist” (Bachtrack), Hugo Meder embodies the new generation of French violinists.
Born into a family of Alsatian winegrowers and cabinetmakers, Hugo discovered the violin at a music school near his village. Immediately spotted by his teachers, he quickly joined the Strasbourg Conservatory in the class of Ana Reverdito-Haas, who revealed his great musicality and made him join the CNSMDP (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris) in Alexis Galperine’s class. He then also received the wise advice of great soloists such as Marina Chiche, Amaury Coetaux, Pierre Colombet and Olivier Charlier. After obtaining his master's degree, he was admitted to the Performing Artist Diploma (post-master's 3rd cycle) and led a project around Bartók’s music for the violin. During 2020, he was also admitted to the Young Talents program of the Jaroussky Academy, giving him the opportunity to work with artists such as Geneviève Laurenceau, Christian Pierre La Marca, Philippe Jaroussky and David Kadouch.
In the meanwhile, he began a career as a soloist and performed regularly in venues such as the Auditorium de la Seine Musicale in Paris or the Kammermusiksaal in Stuttgart. He then collaborated with the conductors Mathieu Herzog, Chloé Dufresne and Jeanne Cousin as well as with several ensembles including the Orchester Appassionato, the Orchester interUniversitaire de Paris and the Ensemble Orchestral Clair de Lune.
Winner of numerous international competitions (among others, the First Prize of the FNAPEC, the Honorary Prize of the Bellan Competition, the first prize of the Nouvelles Étoile Competition in Paris), we can hear about him in La Lettre du Musicien or on France Musique.
Since his beginnings, Hugo has felt a great affinity with chamber music. He performs in various formations and with renowned musicians such as Marc Coppey, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Pierre Fouchenneret, Geneviève Laurenceau, Adrien Boisseau, Pauline Haas and the Yako quartet. He is regularly invited to numerous festivals such as the Festival de La Roque d'Anthéron, the Printemps des Arts de Monaco, the Festival des Arcs, Musique de Chambre in Giverny, or the European Festival for Young Talents in Paris.
In 2016, he founded the Pantoum trio with pianist Virgile Roche and cellist Mélisande Pontin (now replaced by Bogeun Park). Beginning under the direction of Emmanuelle Bertrand, Michaël Hentz then Claire Désert and Ami Flammer, they entered the prestigious class of the Trio Wanderer in 2018 at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris, before joining the chamber music master's degree in 2021 at the CNSMDP in the class of François Salque and Louis Rodde. They also receive advice from internationally renowned musicians such as Marc Coppey, Emmanuel Strosser, Hatto Beyerle, Patrick Jüdt, as well as from the Ébène, Modigliani and Talich quartets. The trio was awarded second prize at the Illzach International Chamber Music Competition, and in 2021 became a permanent ensemble of the ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy) and the ProQuartet association. They are then brought to perform in prestigious halls such as the Royal Northern College of Music Concert Hall in Manchester (United Kingdom), the Freemasons Hall in Trondheim (Norway), or the Pierre Boulez hall of the Philharmonie de Paris.
Hugo also forms a duo with the pianist Virgile Roche, with whom he won second prize at the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition.
Hugo is supported by the Safran Foundation and is a laureate of the Royaumont Foundation. He plays a Gand et Bernardel violin from 1889 and a Pierre Nehr bow from 2019.