Charlotte Hug lives in Zurich and on the road.
She received various prizes and commissions following her studies in fine arts and music. She has been an "artist in residence" in London, Paris, Cork capital of culture in 2005 and Berlin and was awarded the city of Zurich's prize for composition in 2006.
She is known for her solo performances in distinctive locations such as the ice tunnels of the Rhône glacier and the dockyard in Coph on the Irish Atlantic coast.
Hug seeks to develop instrumental techniques to their fullest possible extent, including the "soft bow technique", which enables her to play up to eight voices on her instrument. She plays a viola made by the Viennese violinmaker J.G. Thir in 1763 and specializes in combining the sounds of viola and voice. What has resulted is an unmistakably distinctive tonal language.
In the visual arena, as well as in a musical context, her sound-drawings "Son-Icons" have found international recognition.
Charlotte Hug has enjoyed one-man exhibitions at the Cité internationale des Arts Paris, the Gallery Corbett vs Dempsey Chicago, at the Kunstkeller Bern, Swissnex San Francisco and the Sirius Arts Centre Coph, Irland.
She has collaborated with the photographer and filmmaker Alberto Venzago, the theatre and opera director Jossi Wieler and performed freely improvised and conceptually improvised concerts together with Joan Jeanrenaud, Maggie Nicols, Barry Guy, Phil Minton, Larry Ochs, Evan Parker, Elliott Sharp et al.
Hug is also fully active as a concert performer, soloist, composer and conductor of her own works at major festivals in Europe, the USA and Canada and has a comprehensive selection of recordings on international labels. She gives lectures, seminars and master classes, for example at the MC Gill University Montreal, ETH Zurich, the Hochschule für Gestaltung & Kunst in Basel, the University of British Columbia Vancouver and Victoria and CNMAT Center for New Music and Audio Technologies UC Berkeley.