Nathan Hughes is Principal Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera and a member of the faculty at the Juilliard School. He previously served as Principal Oboe of the Seattle Symphony and has made guest appearances as Principal Oboe with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony. An avid chamber musician, Hughes has performed with the Philadelphia and Seattle Chamber Music Societies as well as at the Aspen, Lucerne, Marlboro, Salzburg, and Tanglewood festivals. He has received critical acclaim for his performances as concerto soloist with the MET Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, Orchestra of St. Luke"s, Seattle Symphony, and Verbier Festival Orchestra. In high demand as a teacher, his students have earned positions in the Cleveland, Detroit, National, and Toronto symphony orchestras, among others. Hughes has presented masterclasses at the Cleveland Institute, Eastman, Manhattan School, National Orchestral Institute, New World Symphony, Poznań Academy in Poland, Seoul National University in Korea, Toronto"s Royal Conservatory in Canada, and Verbier Festival in Switzerland. He has earned degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. This is his first appearance at PMF.