Attracted at an early age to chamber music, his path to becoming a soloist was determined by playing ensemble and by the chance encounters that this brought his way.
At the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, Hugues Chabert studied piano with Laurent Cabasso and Théodore Paraskivesco, and chamber music with Daria Hovora and Hae-Sun Kang. Throughout those years, he performed for France Musique as well as at the Cité de la Musique in Paris. Since then, he has performed with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and its Les Saisons initiative, as well as with the Orchestre Philarmonique de Strasbourg. More recently, he has played beside violinist Christophe Giovaninetti. A founding member of Jeux d'Ensemble, a group of musicians, he has devoted the past seven years to being the artistic director of the Festival de Musique de Chambre des Montagnes du Matin .
New adventures have enriched his classical experience. After having accompanied Argentine singer Juan Cédron, he created a tango quartet and performed solo with Richard Galliano and the Orchestre de Basse-Normandie. The pianist recently accompanied actor Francis Huster in a stage performance, and also participated in a musical reading of
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Hugues Chabert has also taught in several conservatories in Paris and in Corsica. It is partly thanks to working with his students that his technical and musical personality has begun to shine. Today, he is a chamber music instructor with the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Montpellier.
His musical interpretations aim for precision without pomp. They are marked by a profound respect for composers. His encounter with Aldo Ciccolini left a lasting impression on him. Ciccolini’s intact sense of wonder, his constant search, and his profound humility with regards to interpreting music have inspired Chabert to continue along this same path. His approach is distinguished by a constant search into sound. This is evidenced in his years of exchanges with piano tuner, Damien Besse, concert engineer at Steinway’s Vienna branch.