One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt regularly appears in recital and with major orchestras across the world. Admitted into Gramophone’s Hall of Fame in 2015, Hewitt’s performances and recordings of Bach have drawn particular praise, marking her out as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time.
Highlights of Hewitt’s 2015/16 season include the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne and Zürcher Kammerorchester – each directed from the keyboard – and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. In spring 2016 she tours Asia with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner. Recent orchestral appearances include Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Hamburger Symphoniker, and the Vancouver Symphony, Japan Philharmonic and Swedish Chamber orchestras, as well as tours with Camerata Salzburg and kammerorchesterbasel.
In recital Hewitt performed at the Royal Festival Hall in October 2015 as part of the International Piano Series, before returning to Wigmore Hall in April 2016. Other highlights this season include Ghent Festival, 92nd Street Y, Spivey Hall, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and St George’s, Bristol; and an evening of words and music with author Ian McEwan at Vienna Konzerthaus. In August 2015 Hewitt was resident at Shakespeare’s Globe in London for four concerts and also performed a recital at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Hewitt’s award-winning recordings have garnered praise from around the world. Her recording of Bach’s The Art of Fugue was released in 2014, and her ten-year project to record Bach’s major keyboard works for Hyperion has been described as “one of the record glories of our age” (The Sunday Times). Hewitt’s most recent releases include her fifth volume of Beethoven’s sonatas, solo works by Liszt including his Piano Sonata, and Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu. A first album of Scarlatti Sonatas is due for release in spring 2016. Her discography also includes CDs of Mozart, Schumann, Couperin and Rameau.
Born into a musical family, Angela Hewitt began her piano studies aged three, performing in public at four and a year later winning her first scholarship. She studied with Jean-Paul Sévilla and won the 1985 Toronto International Bach Piano Competition. Hewitt was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006 and was made a Companion of the Order of Canada (CC) in 2015. She lives in London but also has homes in Ottawa and Italy, where she is Artistic Director of the Trasimeno Music Festival.