Over the course of his career, Stephen Hough has distinguished himself as a true polymath, not only securing a reputation as an insightful pianist, but also as a writer and composer. In 2001 he was the first classical performing artist to receive a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and in 2013 he was named a Commander of the British Empire. He regularly writes for The Guardian, The Times, Gramophone, and BBC Music Magazine, and recently completed his first novel, The Final Retreat. Over six years he wrote more than 600 articles for his The Telegraph blog, which became one of the most popular and influential forums for cultural discussion. He has appeared with most of the major American and European orchestras and plays recitals regularly in major halls and concert series around the world. In addition to these New York Philharmonic performances, highlights of his 2016–17 U.S. season include appearances with the Atlanta, Oregon, Seattle, and St. Louis symphony orchestras; solo recitals in Miami, Santa Fe, and Rockville, Maryland, featuring his own Sonata III (Trinitas) alongside works by Franck, Liszt, and Schubert; and a performance of works by Debussy in St. Paul, Minnesota, on a program that also features two of Mr. Hough’s original choral compositions. International appearances this season include the BBC Proms; solo recitals in Sweden, the U.K., and Mexico; and performances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and City of Birmingham and São Paulo Symphony Orchestras. He has recorded more than 50 albums for Hyperion, most recently the Dvořák and Schumann Piano Concertos with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons.