Pianist, composer and writer Stephen Hough CBE awarded a knighthood for services to music in Queen’s Birthday Honors List 2022
Pianist, composer and writer Stephen Hough CBE has been named a Knight for Services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List 2022. He is the first British-born classical pianist to be named Sir since Sir Clifford Curzon in 1977.
Born in Heswall, Hough grew up in Cheshire in the North West of England and received his musical education at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and the Juilliard School in New York. As a soloist he has performed regularly with the world’s leading orchestras in concert halls and festivals, including 29 appearances at the BBC Proms where he performed Tchaikovsky’s Complete Works for piano and orchestra in 2009 and on Queen Victoria’s ‘golden’ piano on loan from Buckingham. Palace in 2019. Hough’s Wigmore Hall solo recital in 2020 was the UK’s first live classical music concert at a large venue after the nationwide lockdown earlier that year.
Hough’s discography of 70 recordings, spanning four centuries of repertoire, has won numerous accolades, including eight Gramophone Awards. As a composer, he has received commissions from Westminster Abbey and Cathedral, the National Gallery in London, the Louvre, the Cliburn Foundation, the Takács Quartet, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, among others. As a writer, his book of essays “Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More” won a 2020 award from the Royal Philharmonic Society. He was appointed CBE in 2014 and he was the first classical performer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.
During the next 2022-23 season, Hough is expected to give 90 concerts on five continents, return to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and perform the complete Rachmaninoff concertos in Brazil and Australia. His song cycle “Songs of Love and Loss”, co-commissioned by Wigmore Hall, The 92nd Street Y in New York and Tippet Rise in Montana, will receive its world premiere. Hyperion Records will release Hough’s recording of “Música callada” by Catalan composer Federico Mompou.
Hough’s memoir ‘Enough: Scenes from Childhood’ will be published by Faber in the spring of 2023.