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Sunday 5 March 2023 | 3:00pm  


Piano Greats: Sir Stephen Hough

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Piano Greats: Sir Stephen Hough


Sir Stephen Hough piano

Federico Mompou Cants Magics
Claude Debussy Estampes
Alexander Scriabin Sonata No. 5
Stephen Hough Partita
Franz Liszt 3 Petrarch Sonnets (from Italian Années de Pèlerinage)
Franz Liszt Dante Sonata (from Italian Années de Pèlerinage)

Sir Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer and, fittingly, he has designed a recital celebrating the work of fellow composer-pianists for the first of our 22/23 Piano Greats series.

He writes ‘it is impossible to imagine the music on the first half of this programme as having been written away from the keyboard, so direct is the connection from hands to strings to sound.’ In the second half, he performs one of his own compositions along with two dramatic works by Liszt – the first to make a whole concert out of solo piano music, inventing the word ‘recital’ to describe it.

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Sir Stephen Hough

Named by The Economist as one of Twenty Living Polymaths, Sir Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer. He was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year Honours 2014, and was awarded a Knighthood for Services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2022.

Hough is a regular guest at festivals such as Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, Edinburgh, La Roque-d’Anthéron, Aldeburgh, and the BBC Proms, where he made his 29th appearance in 2020 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In June 2020 he returned to Wigmore Hall to give the UK’s first live classical music concert in a major venue since the nationwide lockdown earlier that year.

Hough is an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple, an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society, a Visiting Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, the International Chair of Piano Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music (of which he was made a Companion in 2019), and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School in New York.