Born in Denver, Colorado, twenty-six year old violinist and producer, Jeffrey Hughes, combines classical violin, soul, funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop to create a unique and original sound. Driven by his twenty-two-year study of classical violin, Maestro seeks to expand the versatility of the violin and diversify its audience...
 
 
When he was three years old, Maestro began studying classical violin and by the age of ten was regularly soloing with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. In high school he was awarded a fellowship to study with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. His violin earned him a scholarship to the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. While in college, he developed an affinity for mixing hip-hop beats with his classical violin. Influenced by violinists, Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, and hip-hop artists ranging from Rakim to Snoop Dogg, Maestro developed his own sound and style. Maestro performed at the 2008 Grammy Awards with the Foo Fighters in Las Angeles at the Staples Center which garnered national attention. He has also appeared during Denver Nuggets half-time shows broadcast live on ESPN. Maestro has opened up for acts such as comedian Dana Carvey at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, rapper E-40 and singer Trey Songz. He was also a featured performer at Barack Obama's staff party at the Paramount theater in Denver during the Democratic National Convention. Maestro was commissioned by the University of Denver's Spirituals Project Choir to produce two hip-hop remixes of Spirituals. "People Get Ready" by Curtis Mayfield which can be heard on his debut E.P. "No Words" and "The Battle of Jericho" by Mahalia Jackson. Maestro was also recently selected to perform at the historic Apollo theater in Harlem, New York on July 3rd 2010 for Showcase at the Apollo.