Sir Stephen Hough CBE

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International Chair in Piano


International Chair in Piano Studies

Stephen is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive pianists of his generation and was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2001 in recognition of his achievements. Since winning first prize in the Naumburg International Piano Competition in 1983, he has appeared with many of the major American and European orchestras and regularly gives recitals around the world. He is also a frequent guest at festivals such as Salzburg, Mostly Mozart and the BBC Proms, where he has made over a dozen concerto appearances. Recent engagements include performances with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony and London Symphony.

Stephen records for Hyperion and many of his catalogue of over 40 CDs have garnered international prizes. His 2005 live recording of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos with the Dallas Symphony and Andrew Litton became the fastest selling recording in Hyperion’s history. He is also a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music.