Stephen Hough

Biography

Born: 1961; England  
Stephen Hough is a highly regarded pianist with a leading international career based from his homes in his native Britain and in New York.

Hough studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and at Juilliard. He came to international attention when he won the Naumburg International Piano Competition in 1983. Since then he established a reputation an interest in unusual repertoire -- both newer compositions and disregarded
Read more works of the past. In the late 1990s he began to emerge as a respectable composer of thoughtful and well-crafted piano music.

Hough is active as a soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. In the last-named role, he has appeared with the major orchestras of the world with conductors such as James Levine, Rattle, Salonen, Vänskä, Dutoit, Gergiev, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Neeme Järvi, Claudio Abbado, and Michael Tilson Thomas on the podium. He has been a frequent visitor to the annual BBC Proms series, appearing over a dozen times. He has also played at the Aspen, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Blossom, Hollywood Bowl, and Mostly Mozart Festivals in the U.S., and at the Edinburgh and Salzburg Festivals among leading European gatherings.

He plays chamber music with the Cleveland, Emerson, and Juilliard Quartets and other groups. With the Juilliard's long-time first violinist Robert Mann, Hough has performed and recorded the complete violin and piano sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms. Hough's recital partners also include friends such as Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, Tabea Zimmermann, Michael Collins, and Steven Isserlis.

He records for the British label Hyperion, and has released over thirty compact discs. His devotion to unusual repertory of various eras in music is reflected in some of his titles. His album New York Variations includes the Ghost Variations by George Tsontakis and John Corigliano's Etude Fantasy and was named Time Magazine's Best Classical CD of the Year. His recording of piano concertos of Scharwenka and Sauer won Gramophone Magazine's award in 1996 for Concerto Record of the year and the top prize of Record of the Year. On that disc, he was accompanied by conductor Lawrence Foster and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded the little known complete orchestra-and-piano works by Felix Mandelssohn and the solo piano music of Mompou (another Gramophone Award winner and also winner of a Diapason d'Or). Hough has also won the Classic CD and Deutschen Schallplattenkritik Prize. Hough has recorded piano music of Coates, Chaminade, Liszt, Lieberman, Franck, Bowen, and his own well-regarded etudes and piano transcriptions, as well as complete series of Saint-Saëns' and Rachmaninov's piano concertos.

In 2001, Hough was the recipient of a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Read less
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  • 1.
    In The Night / Stephen Hough
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67996 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Stephen Hough
    Performer:  Stephen Hough
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    In The Shadow Of War / Steven Isserlis
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1992 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch,  Frank Bridge,  Stephen Hough
    Performer:  Steven Isserlis
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff,  Gábor Takács-Nagy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Tapiola Sinfonietta
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  • 3.
    Broken Branches - Compositions By Stephen Hough
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1952 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Hough
    Performer:  Marion Reinhard,  Michael Hasel,  Stephen Hough,  Jacques Imbrailo  ... 
    Conductor:  Gábor Takács-Nagy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
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    Other Love Songs / Prince Consort
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 382 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Stephen Hough
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prince Consort
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    Ancient Sorceries - Music For Countertenor & Recorder
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7348 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Steinitz,  Arthur Butterworth,  Stephen Hough,  Nicholas Marshall  ... 
    Performer:  Jonathan Price,  Nicholas Clapton,  John Turner,  Ian Thompson
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  • 6.
    A Mozart Album / Stephen Hough
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67598 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Baptist Cramer,  Ignaz Friedman,  Stephen Hough  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Hough
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  • 7.
    Stephen Hough's Spanish Album
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67565 Release Date: 01/16/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Longas,  Antonio Soler,  Enrique Granados,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Hough
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    American Virtuoso - Liebermann, Hough, Et Al / Giles
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 860 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Liebermann,  Stephen Hough,  Augusta Read Thomas,  Ned Rorem  ... 
    Performer:  James Giles
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  • 9.
    The Stephen Hough Piano Collection
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 10031 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Franz Schubert,  York Bowen,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Hough
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    Stephen Hough's English Album - Elgar, Bantock, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67267 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  York Bowen,  Kenneth Leighton,  Frank Bridge,  Stephen Reynolds  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Hough
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    Stephen Hough's New Piano Album - Chaminade, Godowsky, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67043 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Hough,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ignace Jan Paderewski  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Hough
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