“As well as being one of the most extraordinary pianists on the planet (dream sound, feline sensuality, phenomenal fingers, sense of melody and polyphonic clarity), Stephen Hough is a thinker.” (Le Monde)
«Hough’s music speaks with substance, fluent ease, confidence and he is nevertheless one of the most intensely flamboyant performers today.» (Gramophone)
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. He expresses a personality of his own, with a technique honed to a state of diamond-like brilliance.
An excellent composer, he produces not only transcriptions, dizzying paraphrases and stunning études, but also chamber music works such as a piano trio, Was mit den Tränen geschieht, for an unusual combinaton of instruments, combining very high and very low registers (piccolo, contrabassoon and piano), and a sextet, Requiem Aeternum: after Victoria. As a composer, his corpus of works with evocative titles also comprise a piano sonata, Broken Branches, a cello concerto, Loneliest Wilderness, as well as a song cycle on poems by Rainer Maria Rilke.
Stephen Hough has appeared with most of the major European and American orchestras and plays in recital regularly in the major halls and concert series around the world (BBC Proms, Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra). He is also a guest at leading festivals such as Salzburg, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh.
He has received every major award imaginable, including a Diapason D’Or from the French magazine Diapason. An exclusive Hyperion recording artist, Stephen Hough’s catalogue comprises over 50 CDs.
Stephen Hough is also an avid writer and composer. In addition to scholarly and critically-acclaimed CD liner notes and articles for music publications, he has written for The Guardian, The Times, and was invited by The Telegraph Media Group in December 2008 to start a cultural blog.
Click here to view the artist’s website.
Click here to hear Stephen Hough perform French composer César Franck’s Prélude, Chorale et Fugue.
- Chopin: Two Nocturnes, Op. 27, No. 1 et 2
- Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5
- Hough: Piano Sonata No. 2 (notturno luminoso)
- Schumann: Carnaval Op. 9