Stephen Hough: “Penang can make money out of the arts if it does it right”

loading Stephen Hough live. Photo: Robert Torres.

World-renowned pianist Stephen Hough was in Penang recently to perform his first-ever concert in the state. He chats with Penang Monthly about life on the road, the realities of a career in the arts, and of course, his love for music.

Stephen Hough is used to being solo – both on and off stage. Strolling alone through a side entrance of Dewan Sri Pinang in an unassuming blazer over a plaid shirt, Hough may have been easily mistaken for a visitor or tourist; and while he has played both roles at one time or another in Penang, on that evening of August 24, he was much more. Hough performed with the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), delighting the audience with his interpretation of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The lack of an entourage, or indeed even an assistant, is a bit unnerving if ...


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