Stephen HoughPiano

Stephen Hough

Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 7:30pm

Herbst TheatreVenue Information



DEBUSSY: Clair de Lune; Images, Book I & II; La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune
SCHUMANN: Fantasie, Op. 17
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”


SCHUMANN: Posthumous Variation V from Études Symphoniques

Performance Sponsors

The Bernard Osher Foundation, Piano Series Sponsor

About This Performance

Perennial SF Performances favorite Stephen Hough returns with a program of Debussy, Beethoven and Schumann.

Performer Biography

Stephen Hough is regarded as a renaissance man of his time. Over the course of his career he has distinguished himself as a true polymath, not only securing a reputation as a uniquely insightful concert pianist, but also as a writer and composer. Mr. Hough is commended for his mastery of the instrument along with an individual and inquisitive mind which has earned him a multitude of prestigious awards and a long-standing international following.

In 2001 Mr. Hough was the first classical performing artist to win a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He was awarded Northwestern University’s 2008 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano, won the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award in 2010, and in January 2014 was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in the New Year’s Honors List.

Stephen Hough has appeared with most of the major European and American orchestras and regularly plays recitals in major halls and concert series around the world. His recent engagements include recitals in Chicago, Hong Kong, London, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Paris, Boston, San Francisco, the Kennedy Center and Sydney; performances with the Czech, London and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Montreal, Detroit and Toronto symphonies, and the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Budapest Festival and Russian National Orchestras; and a performance televised worldwide with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle. He is also a regular guest at festivals such as Aldeburgh, Aspen, Blossom, Edinburgh, Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart, Salzburg, Tanglewood, Verbier, Chicago’s Grant Park, Blossom, and the BBC Proms, where he has made over 20 concerto appearances.

Highlights of Mr. Hough’s 2016–17 season include re-engagements with the New York Philharmonic and the St. Louis, Atlanta, Seattle, Indianapolis, Oregon, North Carolina, Colorado, Fort Worth, Puerto Rico and Madison symphonies among others; while internationally he returns to the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Iceland and Sao Paulo symphonies, and makes his annual appearance at the Proms in London.

Many of Mr. Hough’s catalogue of over 50 albums have garnered international prizes including the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Diapason d’Or, Monde de la Musique, several Grammy nominations, eight Gramophone Magazine Awards including ‘Record of the Year’ in 1996 and 2003, and the Gramophone ‘Gold Disc’ Award in 2008, which named his complete Saint-Saens Piano Concertos as the best recording of the past 30 years. Mr. Hough’s most recent releases, all for Hyperion, include the two Brahms Piano Concertos with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra; Scriabin, Janacek—Sonatas and Poems; Grieg Lyric Pieces; and the Dvorak and Schumann concertos with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra led by Andris Nelsons.

Mr. Hough is also the featured artist in an iPad app about the Liszt Piano Sonata, which includes a fully-filmed performance and was released by the cutting-edge, award-winning company Touch Press.

Published by Josef Weinberger, Mr. Hough has composed works for orchestra, choir, chamber ensemble and solo piano. His Mass of Innocence and Experience and Missa Mirabilis were respectively commissioned by and performed at London’s Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral. In 2012, the Indianapolis Symphony commissioned and performed Mr. Hough’s own orchestration of Missa Mirabilis, which was subsequently performed by the BBC Symphony as part of Mr. Hough’s residency with the orchestra and recorded for Hyperion with the Colorado Symphony. Mr. Hough has also been commissioned by the musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic, London’s National Gallery, Wigmore Hall, Le Musée de Louvre and Musica Viva Australia among others and he has performed his two piano sonatas, Sonata No. 1 (broken branches) and Sonata No. 2 (notturno luminoso) on recital programs in London, New York, St. Paul and Chicago.

A noted writer, Mr. Hough regularly contributes articles for The Guardian, The Times, The Tablet, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine and wrote a blog for The Telegraph for seven years (2008– 16), which became one of the most popular and influential forums for cultural discussion and for which he wrote over 600 articles. His book, The Bible as Prayer, was published by Continuum and Paulist Press in 2007.

Stephen Hough—Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”