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'Polymath' pianist is orchestra's soloist

'Polymath' pianist is orchestra's soloist

A PIANIST regarded as among of the world’s top 10 will be in concert with the Henley Symphony Orchestra next month.

Midway between major tours to Asia and the US, Stephen Hough will be the soloist when the orchestra performs Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto at the Hexagon in Reading on Sunday, March 5.

Born in Cheshire, by the age of five Hough had learned to pick out and memorise 100 nursery rhymes on his aunt’s piano.

His parents were then persuaded to buy a £5 piano from an antiques shop. and at six he was a finalist in his first music competition.

At 16, Hough went to the Royal Northern School of Music. Since then he has won a multitude of prestigious awards and accolades around the world and has appeared at the BBC Proms 25 times.

Named by the Economist as one of 20 living polymaths, as well as having a long and distinguished career as one of the world’s leading concert pianists Hough has excelled as writer, poet and artist.

The Guardian’s reviewer called his musicianship “the most perfect piano playing conceivable”, while other critics have noted Hough’s “impeccable ear for the inner voice” and the “emotion and intense spirituality” of his performances.

The March 5 concert starts at 7.30pm. Opening the programme is Beethoven’s overture to his only ballet score, Prometheus, “depicting human creatures being led to joy”. The mythological theme is continued in Holst’s great work, The Planets.

To book, call 0118 960 6060 or visit www.readingarts.com. Alternatively, call the orchestra’s box office on 01235 859210.

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