“The most perfect piano playing conceivable”
“A virtuoso who begins where others leave off”
We are delighted to welcome back classical pianist, composer and writer, Stephen Hough CBE, to the beautiful Church of St Peter’s in Oughtrington.
One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer. Named by The Economist as one of Twenty Living Polymaths, Hough was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year’s Honours 2014.
Brought up in Thelwall, he began piano lessons at the age of five. At a young age, Hough was able to memorise about 100 nursery rhymes and, after much pleading, his parents agreed to buy a second-hand piano, for £5 from a local antique shop, for the home. He later went on to study at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. The rest, as they say, is history…..
Stephen Hough has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras around the world including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony…. and many, many more – too numerous to list.
As a recitalist, he has appeared on the major stages of the world including Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the main stage of the Concertgebouw. He has appeared at festivals worldwide including Verbier, Salzburg, La Roque d’Antheron, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, the BBC Proms, Mostly Mozart (New York), Sapporo, Ravinia, Blossom, Tanglewood, Aspen, Hollywood Bowl and Saratoga.
As a chamber musician, he has worked with Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell, clarinetist Michael Collins and Tabea Zimmermann, as well as the Juilliard String Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet, the Takács Quartet, and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.
We are very honoured that he comes home to play for us in Lymm.
His programme for this event will be:
Hough: Sonata no. 4
Chopin: Sonata no. 2
Busoni: Sonatina no. 6 (Carmen Fantasy)
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz (bagatelle without tonality)
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz no. 1