Our Patron - Stephen Hough

"The most perfect piano playing imaginable."
The Guardian
"A virtuoso who begins where others leave off."
Washington Post

With a singular artistic vision that transcends musical fashions and trends, Stephen Hough is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive pianists of his generation. In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2001, joining prominent scientists, writers and others who have made unique contributions to contemporary life.

Stephen Hough has appeared with most of the major European and American orchestras and plays recitals regularly in the major halls and concert series around the world. He is also a guest at festivals such as Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Blossom, Hollywood Bowl, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh and the BBC Proms, where he has made over 15 concerto appearances. Recent engagements include performances with the New York and London Philharmonics, the London and San Francisco Symphonies, a US tour with the Russian National Orchestra led by Vladimir Jurowski, and a worldwide televised performance with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle.

A resident of London, Stephen Hough is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and holds the International Chair of Piano Studies at his alma mater, the Royal Northern College in Manchester. In 2011 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate by the University of Liverpool.

RMF was delighted to welcome Stephen Hough to perform in a very special concert in October 2015, where he performed alongside 4 talented young pianists in a unique opportunity at Hope University’s Capstone Theatre. Stephen worked with our young players in the afternoon before performing some extraordinary music, including some compositions of his own as well as some of the most difficult Lizst works ever written. It was a wonderful evening and we hope to see Stephen again in the future!

Further information on Stephen is available on his website, www.stephenhough.com.

(Photo: Grant Hiroshima)