Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer. Named by The Economist as one of 20 Living Polymaths, he was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Since taking first prize at the 1983 Naumburg Competition, Mr. Hough has performed with the world’s major orchestras, given recitals at the most prestigious concert halls, and appeared at festivals from Salzburg to Tanglewood. His 2018–19 season highlights include the Mostly Mozart Festival, Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras; London and New York Philharmonic orchestras; City of Birmingham, Dallas, Detroit, Finnish Radio, San Francisco, Montreal, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, and Vienna symphony orchestras; and the Orchestre philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestra sinfonica nazionale della Rai, and Hallé Orchestra, with which he also tours China. In 2018 he was artist-in-residence at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Hough’s discography of more than 60 CDs has garnered awards including the Diapason d’Or de l’Année, several Grammy nominations, and eight Gramophone Awards, and includes recent releases of Debussy solo piano works and Mr. Hough’s Dream Album (on Hyperion). His iPad app, The Liszt Sonata, was released by Touch Press in 2013.
As a composer, Mr. Hough has been commissioned by the likes of London’s Wigmore Hall, Paris’s Musée du Louvre, London’s National Gallery, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, Indianapolis Symphony, and Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. His music is published by Josef Weinberger Ltd. His first novel, The Final Retreat, was published by Sylph Editions in 2018. He is an honorary member of the Royal Philharmonic Society, a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music, holds the International Chair of Piano Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School.