Music: Unsnobby At The Keys

Stephen Hough has a MacArthur grant and lots of new classical CDs. But don't call him an intellectual

It's been a down-and-up season for Stephen Hough. First, his high-profile appearance at Lincoln Center's Rachmaninoff Revisited festival in New York City, where he was scheduled to play the Russian composer's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, was scratched on account of Sept. 11. Just six weeks later, though, the pianist got a jaw-dropping phone call that wiped out all the disappointment and then some. He learned he had been tapped for a coveted MacArthur Fellowship, the $500,000 "genius grant" awarded for brilliance above and beyond the call of duty, a prize never before given to a classical performer. (Previous arts...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!