Karl Hugo began playing and composing on the piano as a child, creating his first concerto when he was barely a teenager. During this period, he had an epiphany while watching the movie Ice Castles: he would spend the rest of his life composing music for figure skating! In 1992, his dream came true with the release of his first piano album. He then met Ice Capades star Julie Brault with whom he filmed Broadway, an ambitious video combining piano and figure skating.
Inspired by Karl’s passion for figure skating and his grandiose musical style, Olympic champions Isabelle Brasseur & Lloyd Eisler asked him to compose and perform original music live for their television production Dreams on Ice, an annual fundraising event broadcast on more than forty television stations for many years. This unique experience afforded Karl the pleasure of watching great figure skaters the likes of Ekaterina Gordeeva, Nancy Kerrigan, Scott Hamilton, Brian Orser, Yuka Sato, Elvis Stojiko and Kristi Yamaguchi grow and develop to the sound of his music.
It was during this period that Karl Hugo began collaborating with Hugo Chouinard of Studio Unisons (sk8mix), musical designer specializing in figure skating, synchronized swimming and dancing. This fruitful 27-year partnership has never stopped renewing itself with the seasons of sport and new generations of athletes.