November 29, 2021
Stephen Hough’s String Quartet No. 1 (“Les Six Rencontres”) To Be Premiered by Takács Quartet in West-Coast and London Performances, December 8 – February 24
Left: Stephen Hough; Right: Takács Quartet (Edward Dusinberre, violin; Harumi Rhodes, violin; Richard O’Neill, viola; András Fejér, cello)
Left: Stephen Hough; Right: Takács Quartet (Edward Dusinberre, violin; Harumi Rhodes, violin; Richard O’Neill, viola; András Fejér, cello)
Jiyang Chen (Hough); Amanda Tipton (Quartet)

Performances to be presented by Segerstrom Center for the Arts (Costa Mesa, CA); University of Colorado, Boulder; Wigmore Hall (London); Off the Hook Arts (Fort Collins, CO); Cal Performances (Berkeley, CA); Vancouver Friends of Chamber Music; and Chamber Music in Napa Valley

Programs in Berkeley, Vancouver, and Napa also feature Mr. Hough as pianist in Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (November 29, 2021) — World-renowned as a pianist, and now increasingly recognized as a composer as well, Stephen Hough was recently commissioned to compose his first string quartet, subtitled “Les Six Rencontres,” which is premiered by the Grammy Award-winning Takács Quartet this winter. The work, which is also scheduled to be recorded by the Takács for Hyperion Records, is featured on a variety of the ensemble’s upcoming programs, including three in which Mr. Hough also performs with the ensemble in Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81. “Les Six Rencontres,” in six movements, was commissioned by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting, Chamber Music patrons of Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where the world premiere takes place on Wednesday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m. The European premiere takes place at London’s Wigmore Hall on Thursday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m.

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