Pianist will appear at USD Sept. 23 English pianist Stephen Hough will appear at The University of South Dakota as this year's Rawlins Series Visiting Artist. He will present a solo piano recital in Colton Recital Hall at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the USD campus on Monday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.
He will conduct a master class for USD and area high school piano students on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in the same location from 10 a.m. until noon. Both events are free and open to the public.
Hough has emerged as a unique presence on the international concert scene. From highly acclaimed performances of standard repertoire in recital and with the world's finest orchestras, to a particular interest in unusual works by pianist-composers of the late 19th century, he combines the imagination and pianistic color of the past with the scholarship of the present. Since winning first prize in the Naumburg International Piano Competition in 1983, Hough has performed with most of the major American orchestras and numerous European orchestras with conductors such as Abbado, Dohnanyi, Dutoit, Levine, Tilson Thomas, and many others.
In North America in recent seasons he has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and with the orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Dallas, Toronto, Montreal, Detroit, and Indianapolis. He regularly plays recitals in major halls and series all over the world. In recognition of his contributions to classical music, Hough was awarded a 2001 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
Hough has made over 30 recordings, many of which have won international prizes such as the Diapason d'Or, the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis and Classic CD and Gramophone awards. His recording of concertos by Scharwenka and Sauer on the Hyperion label won both the Gramophone's Concerto Record of the Year and Recording of the Year in 1996.
His latest releases for Hyperion are solo recital discs of works by Schubert, Liszt, and Brahms, and ongoing recording plans include the complete works for piano and orchestra by Saint-Sa�ns.
Born in Cheshire in 1961, Hough divides his time between homes in London and New York City.� For his USD recital, Hough will perform Four Ballades, op.10 by Johannes Brahms, Six Study-Variations, Op. 56 by Kenneth Leighton, Three Novelletes by Francis Poulenc, and Carnaval, Op. 9 by Robert Schumann.