Hugo Ribeiro was born in Lisbon in 1983. In 2005 he completed a Bmus Hons degree in composition at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa and subsequently obtained a Mmus degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2007. During this time he participated in a variety of composition courses with composers such as Emmanuel Nunes, Salvatore Sciarrino, Philippe Hurel and John Chowning, amongst others.
In 2004 he participated in the summer composition courses in Darmstadt where he worked with Bryan Ferneyhough, Georg Friedrich Haas, Toshio Hosokawa and Tadeusz Wielecki.
Among the public performances of his music one can highlight the performance of Letter for Kundera for 14 players in the Festival Listen to the World! 2009 (Sweden) performed by the Ensemble Gageego!, conducted by Pierre-André Valade; and the premiere of the opera Os mortos viajam de metro at the S. Luiz Theatre in Lisbon in April 2010.
He has been distinguished with awards such as 1st Prize in the 2nd International Composition Competition Póvoa de Varzim “Orchestra Category” (2007) and won the national competition Opera in Creation 2008 at the S. Luiz Theatre in Lisbon (Portugal).
He is currently completing a PhD at Canterbury Christ Church University (England).