Stephen Hough - piano recital | University of Oxford

Stephen Hough - piano recital

Stephen Hough
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19:30 - 21:30
109A Iffley Road
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£35, £25, £15 (£10 discount students & under 18's)
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One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a concert pianist with those of a 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, joining prominent scientists, writers and others who have made unique contributions to contemporary life.

Born in north west England, Hough's career was launched when he won the first prize at the 1983 Naumburg Competition in New York. He has since performed with many of the world's major orchestras and given recitals at the most prestigious concert halls. He is a regular guest at festivals such as Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Edinburgh and the BBC Proms

Hough's catalogue of over fifty CDs has won multiple international awards including the Diapason d'Or de l'Annee, several Grammy nominations and eight Gramophone Awards including Record of the Year twice and the Gold Disc. Future releases include recordings of both Brahms Concertos, works by Janáček and Scriabin, and an album titled 'In The Night' featuring the premiere recording of his own Piano Sonata No. 2 (notturno luminoso). His celebrated iPad app The Liszt Sonata was released by Touch Press in 2013.

As a writer, Stephen Hough has been published by The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph, where he is author of one of the most popular cultural blogs worldwide. In October 2012, the Broadbent Gallery in Notting Hill, London, hosted the first exhibition of Hough's paintings. He was appointed a Governor of the Royal Ballet Companies in 2012.

A London resident, Hough is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and holds the International Chair of Piano Studies at his Alma Mater, the Royal Northern College of Music.

"Whether he played Schumann, Brahms, Chopin or himself, jaws dropped at the subtleties of touch and articulation, the poetic phrasing, emotional volatility, the easy summoning of rainbow sonorities across the instrument's range." The Times, January 2013.


Schoenberg: Six Little Pieces, Op. 19
Richard Strauss: Traumerei
Wagner: Albumblatt
Bruckner: Erinnerungen
Brahms: Seven Fantasias, Op. 116
Hough: Piano Sonata No. 2 (notturno luminoso)
Schumann: Carnaval