Years Performed: 1985, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002
One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a concert pianist with those of a composer and a writer. Named by The Economist as one of 20 Living Polymaths, Hough was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, whereby he joined prominent scientists, writers, and others who have made unique contributions to contemporary life.
Born in north west England, Hough's career was launched when he won the first prize at the 1983 Naumburg Competition in New York. He has since performed with many of the world's major orchestras and given recitals at the most prestigious concert halls. He is a regular guest at festivals such as Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Edinburgh and the BBC Proms, where he has made over twenty concerto appearances. In 2010, he was named winner of the UK's Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award.
In the 2013/14 season Hough undertakes a residency with the BBC Philharmonic, performing concertos by Brahms, Liszt, and Schumann. Other highlights include appearances with the Royal Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony orchestras, and a tour and subscription concerts with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. Recent and upcoming recital engagements include the Barbican and Wigmore halls in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, and Carnegie and Alice Tully halls in New York. Other orchestral highlights include engagements with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and the Russian National Orchestra. He was the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Artist-in-Focus throughout the 2012/13 season and was soloist on the televised First Night of the 2013 BBC Proms.
Hough's catalogue of over fifty CDs has garnered multiple international awards including the Diapason d'Or de l'Annee, several Grammy nominations and eight Gramophone Awards including Record of the Year twice and the Gold Disc. Future releases include recordings of both Brahms Concertos, works by Janá'ek and Scriabin, and an album titled "In The Night" featuring the premiere recording of his Piano Sonata No. 2 (notturno luminoso). His celebrated iPad app The Liszt Sonata was released by Touch Press in 2013.
As a composer, Hough is represented exclusively by Josef Weinberger Ltd. He has been commissioned by Wigmore Hall, the Musée du Louvre, Australia's Musica Viva, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, London's National Gallery, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral. BIS Records released an all-Hough disc 'Broken Branches' in 2011, and The Prince Consort's recording of Hough's Other Love Songs on Linn Records received great acclaim.
As a celebrated writer, Stephen Hough has been published by The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph, where he is author of one of the most popular cultural blogs worldwide. In October 2012, the Broadbent Gallery in Notting Hill, London, hosted the first exhibition of Hough's paintings. He was appointed a Governor of the Royal Ballet Companies in 2012. A London resident, Hough is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and holds the International Chair of Piano Studies at his Alma Mater, the Royal Northern College of Music.