February 3, 2023
General

Stephen's new recording of Mompou Musica Callada is released. "Magisterially sensitive [...] Hough’s subtleties are never-ending. Through minute gradations of dynamics or the fragile sculpting of a phrase, the sparest and simplest of these pieces assume a rare beauty" - The Times. A review in Mail on Sunday (PDF).

February 2, 2023
Writing

Stephen's memoir ENOUGH is published. "Riveting and revelatory. Most memoirs give me far more than I want to know - this is the rare sort that left me urgently demanding a second volume, a third, a fourth. I loved it.' - Philip Pullman

Here's an extract published in the Guardian. A review (PDF) in The Spectator. A review (PDF) in Literary Review. Available on Amazon.

January 24, 2023
General

A recording of Stephen's 1st String Quartet (Les Six Rencontres) played by the Takacs Quartet has been released on Hyperion.

"Harking back to the pungent and insouciant spirit associated with composing group Les Six, Hough's creation is an immediate winner [...] a magical album" The Times

"The ‘surprise’ item is Stephen Hough’s First String Quartet. In six short movements, it harks back to Les Six whose music, says Hough, ‘evokes a flavour rather than a style’, namely ‘the rough and tumble of daily human life’. What he calls ‘Stravinskyan spikes’, both rhythmic and harmonic, lace textures that are complex but never abstruse or overbearing, often utterly delightful, in a language that references tonality obliquely. Above all, Hough’s is an unmistakably individual and convincing voice." BBC Music Magazine

January 18, 2023
Article

A profile of Stephen in the Sunday Times in advance of the publication of his new book ENOUGH. Read here

January 16, 2023
Interview

Stephen talks about his childhood and cultural influences to John Wilson on BBC Radio 4's THIS CULTURAL LIFE. Listen here

January 3, 2023
General

A concert of Stephen's songs at Wigmore Hall, performed by Ailish Tynan (soprano), Jess Dandy (contralto), Nicky Spence (tenor), James Newby (baritone),  together with Stephen and the pianist Alisdair Hogarth, can be streamed here. Musical America's review of this concert is here (PDF). The I Newspaper's review is here (PDF). The Catholic Herald is here (PDF).

December 5, 2022
Article

A profile of Stephen in Iceland’s Sunday newspaper Morgunbladid ahead of his UK tour with Iceland Symphony Orchestra

June 1, 2022
Award

Sir Stephen was awarded a Knighthood for Services to Music in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. Learn more

February 22, 2022
Recording

Stephen's Chopin Nocturnes album hits #1 in the BILLBOARD classical chart

January 7, 2022
Recording

"A sublime new recording by Stephen Hough" Alex Ross on Chopin Nocturnes in The New Yorker

January 4, 2022
Recording

Stephen Hough: The Erato Years (1987-1998) The 9CD set reviewed in BBC Music Magazine

December 20, 2021
Recording

Stephen's Chopin Nocturnes chosen as an 'Album of the Year' in The New Yorker, the Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday and Classic FM

November 28, 2021
Interview

Q and A with Stephen in the Observer

November 4, 2021
Recording

Complete Chopin Nocturnes, recorded during lockdown at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, available here as CD and download on Hyperion

May 19, 2021
Interview

An interview in French in Pianiste magazine

January 27, 2021
Interview

An interview with Stephen in Korean in Chosun Ilbo

January 17, 2021
Interview

An interview with Stephen in The Tablet about his new album

January 8, 2021
Recording

Stephen's new album VIDA BREVE is released on 29th January. Here's the first review, a Gramophone Editor's Choice. And here's the Mail on Sunday's 5-star review. In the New York Times here

December 6, 2020
Writing

Should we just get rid of intervals at concerts? Stephen's article in the Guardian

November 12, 2020
Award

Stephen's book 'Rough Ideas' wins a 2020 Royal Philharmonic Society Award.

September 9, 2020
Review

"Graphic [...] Brutal [...] With its broad dualisms, fierce language, and dark themes, The Final Retreat is an arresting, harrowing and controversial personal struggle with faith and loss." A review of Stephen's novel.

June 5, 2020
Review

Stephen's book ROUGH IDEAS is published by Farrar Straus and Giroux in the US, and reviewed here by Musical America and here in the Toronto Star

June 1, 2020
Interview

Stephen talks about his and London's return to live concerts with Jon Snow on Channel 4 News

May 16, 2020
Recording

Beethoven: The Piano Concertos. Stephen latest recording is released. Here is a review from The Times

May 11, 2020
General

Stephen to open live broadcast concert series at Wigmore Hall

April 18, 2020
Article

Two articles about coping with COVID-19 - in the Guardian and the Tablet

April 8, 2020
Interview

Stephen's Gramophone front cover interview. Read here

January 8, 2020
Recording

Stephen's new Brahms CD is Recording of the Month in Gramophone Magazine. Here's the review.

December 19, 2019
Article

Believing in Christmas - an article in the Evening Standard

December 11, 2019
General

Stephen is made a Companion of the Royal Northern College of Music

November 22, 2019
Review

Stephen's Rough Ideas chosen as one of the Financial Times' Best Books of 2019

September 3, 2019
Article

An article in Standpoint Magazine on musical notation and improvisation, the difference, and whether it matters

August 8, 2019
Article

A profile of Stephen in The Times: the BBC Proms and the gold piano. Watch the encore from that concert here

July 30, 2019
General

Stephen is appointed a Visiting Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford for a three-year term (2019-22)

November 25, 2018
General

The Sixteen and Harry Christophers include Stephen's sequence HALLOWED on their latest CD. Listen here on Spotify

June 11, 2018
General

Here is the list of paintings from Stephen's Hertford Festival show

May 2, 2018
General

Stephen is awarded honorary membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society

April 14, 2018
Review

One Catholic, one Anglican, one gay, one musical: four reviews for Stephen's novel in The Tablet the Church Times the Bay Area Reporter and BBC Music Magazine

March 18, 2018
Article

Stephen selects six of the best fictional priests for The Times

February 7, 2018
Article

A profile of Stephen in the LA Times

February 1, 2018
General

Stephen's first novel 'The Final Retreat' is published by Sylph Editions

June 27, 2017
General

Stephen is made an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple

November 10, 2016
General

Stephen was made an Honorary Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

October 27, 2016
Article

Stephen chooses his 'Desert Island Discs' for BBC Radio 4

August 5, 2016
Article

A profile of Stephen in The Economist magazine

July 18, 2016
Article

The 25 greatest pianists of all time?

April 11, 2016
Interview

Two interviews with Stephen: Los Angeles Magazine and Huffington Post

October 22, 2015
Article

A profile of Stephen in Yomiuri Shimbun (in Japanese). Download Article

May 29, 2015
Article

A profile of Stephen in the Boston Globe

April 2, 2014
Article

Stephen in Vanity Fair; and a profile: in conversation with Stephen in the Wall Street Journal

January 4, 2014
General

Stephen is made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year's Honours List

July 13, 2013
General

Stephen's iPad app THE LISZT SONATA is released on iTunes

March 18, 2013
Article

A profile of Stephen in the New York Times

January 24, 2013
Article

An interview with Stephen in the Sunday Times

September 10, 2012
General

An exhibition of Stephen's paintings runs for the month of October at Broadbent Gallery in London

March 6, 2012
Article

A profile of Stephen in Le Monde

December 15, 2011
Interview
November 27, 2011
Award

Stephen wins Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2011 for his Chopin Waltzes CD

July 11, 2011
General

Stephen to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Liverpool in December 2011

March 19, 2010
General

'The Sacred Made Real' moves from London to the National Gallery in Washington D.C. Listen to Stephen's sextet and see the slide show here and find out more about the piece here

February 13, 2010
Award

Stephen is featured in the Japanese magazine PEN. Click here to read

October 16, 2009
Article

Stephen is nominated by The Economist and Intelligent Life magazines as one of 20 living polymaths, alongside Umberto Eco, Noam Chomsky and Michael Ignatieff. Click here to read more

November 11, 2008
Award

Stephen and The Takács Quartet are Nominated for a 2009 Grammy (Best Chamber Music Performance category 104)

September 19, 2008
Award
January 25, 2008
General

Stephen wins International Poetry Competition, click here for more details

December 14, 2007
Award

Stephen is the winner of Northwestern University's $50,000 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance. The award is given to "pianists who have achieved the highest levels of national and international recognition." Click here for more details