Yuri Hughes is currently a freelance violist in the New York City area. She received her Undergraduate degree at the New England Conservatory of Music, studying under acclaimed concert violist Kim Kashkashian from 2017-2021. At NEC she participated in countless seminars, coachings, and masterclasses with all four members of the Borromeo quartet, Merry Peckham, and Paula Robison. Yuri’s viola playing has taken her to many places across America, playing with various orchestras such as the Albany Symphony and Harrisburg Symphony. She has toured the globe with several festival orchestras, visiting Czechia, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Japan, Mexico, and the Netherlands, with prominent conductors such as Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, and Hugh Woolf. Her love of music sprouted when she attended Greenwood Music Camp, a New England chamber music festival, where she worked in past summers of 2021 & 2022 as a staff counselor. She now works at the Juilliard Store, and produces various LGBTQ+ nightlife events in Brooklyn under her drag persona, Kirlia.