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A leading concert pianist, Stephen Hough has been praised as “arguably the finest . . .  and most technically impressive British pianist” by the New York Times. The Guardian wrote that Hough performed “the most perfect piano playing conceivable.” His Lied Center debut features a virtuosic program highlighted with pieces by Schubert and Liszt. Visit LiedCenter.org for the full program.

Tickets are available now at LiedCenter.org, by phone at 402.472.4747 or at the Box Office on 12th and Q Streets. Tickets are available to students at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.

Stephen Hough is regarded as a renaissance man of his time. Over the course of his career he has distinguished himself as a true polymath, not only securing a reputation as a uniquely insightful concert pianist but also as a writer and composer. Mr. Hough is commended for his mastery of the instrument along with an individual and inquisitive mind which has earned him a multitude of prestigious awards and a long-standing international following.

In 2001 Mr. Hough was the first classical performing artist to win a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He was awarded Northwestern University’s 2008 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano, won the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award in 2010 and in January 2014 was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in the New Year’s Honors List. He has appeared with most of the major European and American orchestras and plays recitals regularly in major halls and concert series around the world. His recent engagements include recitals in Chicago, Hong Kong, London, New York’s Lincoln Center, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney; performances with the Czech, London, Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, St. Louis, National, Montreal, Atlanta and Toronto symphonies, and the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Budapest Festival and Russian National Orchestras; and a performance televised worldwide with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle. He is also a regular guest at festivals such as Aldeburgh, Aspen, Blossom, Edinburgh, Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Salzburg, Tanglewood, Verbier and the BBC Proms, where he has made over 20 concerto appearances, including playing all of the works written by Tchaikovsky for piano and orchestra over the summer of 2009, a series he later repeated with the Chicago Symphony.

The Lied Center’s 15/16 Piano Series will also include performances by Yuja Wang with the Russian National Orchestra (Feb. 27) and Garrick Ohlsson (Apr. 6). The 15/16 Piano Series is made possible through the generosity of the Lied Center Piano Circle. Piano Circle members include: Judith C. Amber; Ted & Anabeth Cox; John & Mary Ann Clinton; MarySue Harris; Charlotte Heermann; Mrs. Larry H. Lusk; Joan M. Reist; and Diana H. Warner.