Join Stephen Hough in conversation with ProMusica’s Janet Chen to learn more about his new book, Rough Ideas, a collection of essays on music and life by the famed classical pianist and composer.
Capital University’s Conservatory of Music and Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra are Gramercy’s Community Partners for this exclusive program
Stephen Hough is one of the world’s leading pianists, winning global acclaim and numerous awards, both for his concerts and his recordings. He is also a writer, composer, and painter, and has been described by The Economist as one of “Twenty Living Polymaths.”
Rough Ideas is an illuminating, constantly surprising introduction to the life and mind of one of our great cultural figures. Hough writes informally and engagingly about music and the life of a musician, from the broader aspects of what it is to walk out onto a stage or to make a recording, to specialist tips from deep inside the practice room: how to trill, how to pedal, how to practice. He also writes vividly about people he’s known, places he’s traveled to, books he’s read, paintings he’s seen; and he touches on more controversial subjects, such as assisted suicide and abortion. Even religion is there—the possibility of the existence of God, problems with some biblical texts, and the challenges involved in being a gay Catholic.
One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Stephen Hough performs with the world’s major orchestras and in recital at the most prestigious concert halls. He has made more than sixty CD recordings and has composed works ranging from solo piano to orchestral. As an author, he has written articles for The Guardian and The Times (London), and he wrote a blog for The Telegraph for seven years. His first novel, The Final Retreat, was published in 2018. Rough Ideas is his fourth book.
Janet Chen has led an active and diverse career as a performing musician, arts administrator, and music educator. In 2019, Janet was named Chief Executive Office of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, having previously led the organization as Executive Director since 2006. For four decades, ProMusica has brought worldwide talent to Columbus. Its thirty-seven musicians from across the country are redefining what it means to be a chamber orchestra as they honor the classical traditions and champion the contemporary, with a deep commitment to new works, commissions, and premieres.