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With a singular vision that transcends musical fashions and trends, Stephen Hough
is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive pianists of his generation.
In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in
2001, joining prominent scientists, writers, and others who have made unique contributions
to contemporary life.
Mr. Hough has appeared with most of the major American and European orchestras, and
regularly performs recitals in the important halls and concert series around the world.
Recent engagements include recitals in London, Paris, Madrid, Hong Kong, Sydney, and on the
main stage of Carnegie Hall; performances with the New York, London, Los Angeles, and Czech
philharmonics; the Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Boston, St. Louis, Toronto, and
Atlanta symphonies; the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minnesota, and Russian National
orchestras; and a worldwide televised performance with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir
An exclusive Hyperion recording artist, many of Mr. Hough's catalog of more than 50 CDs
have garnered international prizes, including the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Diapason
d'Or, four Grammy nominations, and eight Gramophone Awards. His 2005 live
recording of Rachmaninoff piano concertos became the fastest-selling recording in
Hyperion's history, while his 1987 recording of Hummel concertos remains Chandos Records'
best-selling disc to date. His most recent releases are a disc of Tchaikovsky concertos
with the Minnesota Orchestra led by Osmo Vänskä and a Chopin recording entitled Late
Mr. Hough is also an avid writer and composer. He has written for the Guardian
and The Times (London), and was invited by the Telegraph Media Group in 2008 to
start what has become one of the most popular cultural blogs. He has also written
extensively about theology; his book, The Bible as Prayer, was published in the US
and Canada by Paulist Press in 2007.
Mr. Hough's recent compositions include a cello concerto, The Loneliest
Wilderness; two choral works, Mass of Innocence and Experience and Missa
Mirabilis; a trio, Was mit den Tränen geschieht, commissioned by members of
the Berliner Philharmoniker; and a string sextet, Requiem Aeternum: after
Victoria, commissioned by the National Gallery in London.
A resident of London, Mr. 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 in Manchester.