Stephen Hough CBE

Awards Presenter at the RPS Music Awards ceremony, 9 May 2017

Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer. One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Stephen was named by The Economist as one of Twenty Living Polymaths. Stephen was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and was appointed CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2014. Stephen has a longstanding connection with the RPS going back to 1980, when he was awarded the first ever RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship to study abroad at The Juilliard School. More recently, he was the winner of the 2009 RPS Music Award for Instrumentalists. 

Stephen’s extensive discography has garnered international awards including the Diapason d’Or de l’Annee, several Grammy nominations, and eight Gramophone Awards including Record of the Year and the Gold Disc. Recent releases include a live recording of Schumann and Dvorák’s piano concertos with Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a solo disc of Scriabin and Janácek, both for Hyperion Records. His award-winning iPad app The Liszt Sonata was released by Touch Press in 2013.

As a composer Stephen has been commissioned by Wigmore Hall, Musée du Louvre, London’s National Gallery, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. He premiered his latest work, the song cycle Dappled Things, at Wigmore Hall in London in 2016.

As a writer Stephen has been published by The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian and The Independent. A Governor of the Royal Ballet companies, Stephen is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, the International Chair of Piano Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School in New York.