Stephen Hough

One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Stephen Hough combines a distinguished careeras a pianist with those of composer and writer. Named by The Economist as one of Twenty Living Polymaths, Mr. Hough was the first classical performer to beawarded a MacArthur Fellowship (2001) and was made a Commander of the Orderof the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year'sHonours 2014. Mr. Hough was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2016. He has appeared with most of the majororchestras of the world and regularly plays recitalsin major halls and concert series around the world. His recent engagements include recitals in Chicago, Hong Kong, London's Royal Festival Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center,Paris, Boston, San Francisco, the Kennedy Center and Sydney; and, i.e., a performance televised worldwide with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle. He is also a regular guest at festivals such as Aldeburgh, Aspen, Blossom, Edinburgh, Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart, Salzburg,Tanglewood, Verbier, Chicago's Grant Park,Blossom, and the BBC Proms, where he has made over 25 concerto appearances. 

Many of Mr. Hough's catalogue of over 60 albums have garnered international prizes including the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Diapason d'Or, several Grammy nominations, eight Gramophone Magazine Awards including ‘Record of the Year'in 1996 and 2003. His latest albums include sonatas by Brahms (for piano and clarinet, with MichaelCollins) and Elgar (for piano and violin, with Renaud Capuçon). 

Mr. Hough has composed works for orchestra,choir, chamber ensemble and solo piano and is also a noted writer. He regularly contributesarticles for, i.e., The Guardian, The Times,Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine. Mr.Hough resides in London where he 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 in Manchester. He is also a member of the faculty atThe Juilliard School. Mr. Hough has previously appeared with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in concertos by Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninoff and Beethoven