skip to content

Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry


Stephen Hough CBE is a classical pianist, composer, and author.

In 2001 he 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, and the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award in 2010. He has appeared with most of the major orchestras and plays recitals regularly in major halls and concert series around the world, including frequent appearances at the BBC Proms.

A noted writer, Mr Hough regularly contributes articles for The Guardian, The Times, The Tablet, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine and wrote a blog for The Telegraph for seven years which became one of the most popular and influential forums for cultural discussion and for which he wrote over six hundred articles. His book, The Bible as Prayer, was published by Continuum and Paulist Press in 2007. Mr Hough resides in London where he is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and holds the International Chair of Piano Studies at his alma mater, the Royal Northern College in Manchester. He is also a member of the faculty at The Juilliard School.

Classical pianist, composer, and author
 Stephen  Hough



An interdisciplinary research institute inspired by Catholic thought and culture, focussed on contemporary global realities, and dedicated to encounter, dialogue, and transformation