Stephen Hough in Recital

Stephen Hough

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Concert Cancelled: Stephen Hough in Recital

Due to ongoing restrictions, we regret to advise that Stephen Hough’s Great Performers concert on Monday 13 September has been cancelled.

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Event details

One of the leading pianists of our time. Stephen Hough makes his inaugural appearance in our Great Performers series, embodying works from Rawsthorne, Schuman, Chopin and an original piece from Hough himself. A virtuosic British-Australian composer and performer, Hough is now based in London. His return sights a rare opportunity to witness the acclaimed pianist perform back on home country.

Renowned for his masterful enactments of great Romantic repertoire, Hough’s performance at Elisabeth Murdoch Hall will see him traverse Rawsthorne’s Bagatelles for piano, Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Chopin’s Scherzo No.2 in B-flat minor and an original composition commissioned by the Naumburg Foundation for Albert Cano Smit, Partita. A performance of incredible depth and emotion encompassing searing passion, sublime tenderness and disarming candour with natural ease.

‘Having written four sonatas for piano of a serious, intense character, I wanted to write something different – something brighter, something more celebratory, more nostalgic.’ – Stephen Hough on Partita (commissioned by Naumburg Foundation for Albert Cano Smit)

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Digital Series Partner: Melbourne Digital Concert Hall
Program Partner: The Langham Melbourne

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Stephen Hough piano


Alan Rawsthorne
Bagatelles for piano

Robert Schumann
Kreisleriana Op.16

Stephen Hough

Frédéric Chopin
Scherzo No.2 in B-flat minor


This production is part of the following series:

Great Performers 2021

Melbourne Recital Centre’s favourite program series, Great Performers, returns in 2021.