One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer. Named by The Economist as one of Twenty Living Polymaths, Hough was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year’s Honours 2014.
Since taking first prize at the 1983 Naumburg Competition in New York, Hough has performed with many of the world’s major orchestras and has given recitals at the most prestigious concert halls. He is a regular guest at festivals such as Salzburg, La Roque d'Anthéron, Mostly Mozart, Edinburgh, and BBC Proms, where he has made twenty-five concerto appearances.
Highlights of Stephen Hough’s 2016/17 season include performances with the New York Philharmonic, St Louis Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Staatskapelle Weimar, the Hallé, and the City of Birmingham Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Malaysian Philharmonic orchestras. Recent highlights have included appearances with the Cleveland, Finnish Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic and New Zealand Symphony orchestras and in recital at London’s Barbican Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Hough’s extensive discography has garnered international awards including the Diapason d’Or de l’Annee, several Grammy nominations, and eight Gramophone Awards including Record of the Year and the Gold Disc. Recent releases include a live recording of Schumann and Dvořák’s piano concertos with Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a solo disc of Scriabin and Janáček, both for Hyperion Records. His award-winning iPad app The Liszt Sonata was released by Touch Press in 2013.
As a composer Hough has been commissioned by Wigmore Hall, Musée du Louvre, London’s National Gallery, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. He premieres his latest work, the song cycle Dappled Things, at Wigmore Hall in London in October 2016. His music is published by Josef Weinberger Ltd.
As a writer Stephen Hough has been published by The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian and The Independent. A Governor of the Royal Ballet companies, Hough is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, the International Chair of Piano Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School in New York.