Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a concert pianist with careers as a composer and a writer. Named by The Economist as one of 20 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 in the 2014 New Year’s Honors List.
Hough has performed extensively in recital and with most of the world’s major orchestras and his catalog of more than 60 albums has garnered four Grammy nominations, eight Gramophone Awards, and France’s Diapason d’Or de l’Année. Hough has been commissioned as a composer by the Gilmore Foundation, Westminster Abbey, Wigmore Hall, the Louvre, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic, among others. He was born in Cheshire in the United Kingdom and studied at the Royal Northern College in Manchester and at Juilliard.