June 1, 2022
Stephen Hough Awarded Knighthood
Stephen Hough at Carnegie Hall.
Stephen Hough at Carnegie Hall.
Hiroyuki Ito

British pianist, composer, and writer awarded Knighthood for Services to Music in Queen’s Birthday Honours

LONDON, UK (JUNE 1, 2022) — The pianist, composer, and writer Stephen Hough has been awarded a Knighthood for Services to Music in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2022. He is the first British-born classical pianist to be made a Sir since Sir Clifford Curzon in 1977.

Born in Heswall, Hough grew up in Cheshire, North West England, and received his formative musical training at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester as well as The Juilliard School in New York. As a soloist, he has appeared regularly with the world's leading orchestras at concert halls and festivals, including 29 appearances at the BBC Proms where he performed Tchaikovsky's complete works for piano and orchestra in 2009. In 2019 he performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Proms on Queen Victoria's gold piano, marking the first time the piano had ever been played outside of Buckingham Palace. Hough's solo Wigmore Hall recital in 2020 was the first live classical music concert in a major venue after the UK’s lockdown earlier that year.

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