Born in Macao, China in 1988. Hugo Loi started taking music lessons on the guitar at the age of 6 and saxophone lessons at the age of 12. During his studies at the Macao Conservatoire, he won 1st prizes for both solo and ensemble playing in the Macao Youth Music Competition. In 2006, as a winner of the Macao Concerto Competition, he performed A. Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto with the Macao Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Macao Youth Symphonic Band, which perform regularly throughout Asia.
In 2007, with a scholarship from the Macao Cultural Affairs Bureau, Hugo continued his Bachelor of Music on classical saxophone at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Netherlands, studying with Frank Timpe and he completed his Master degree at the same institution in 2013 with distinction, studying under David Kweksilber.
Alongside his classical saxophone study, Hugo also has a strong interest on Improvisation. He takes improvisation lessons regularly with jazz saxophonist John Ruocco. He was also a member of the European Improvisation Intensive, in where he took lessons with great improvisers from all over the world including David Dolan, Vincent Le Quang and Noam Sivan amongst others. In the beginning of 2013 Hugo was selected as the representative of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, together with leading Dutch composer Martijn Padding, for a
project tour to the University of Accra, Ghana, where he gave solo concerts and worked with the students of the music department.