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Angela Hewitt is a phenomenal artist who has established herself at the highest level over the last few years, not least through her superb, award-winning recordings for Hyperion. Photo: Maria Teresa de Luca
Life and Music
- Born into a musical family, Angela began her piano studies aged three, performing in public at four, and a year later winning her first scholarship.
- During her formative years, she also studied violin, recorder, and classical ballet.
- At nine she gave her first recital at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music.
- She was named Gramophone Artist of the Year in 2006. She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006.
- In 2005 Angela completed her 11-year project to record all the major keyboard works of Bach. It has been described as “one of the record glories of our age” and won her a huge following.
- In 2010, she gave world premieres of six newly-commissioned works by leading composers at Wigmore Hall.
- Angela began a project in 2012 to perform Bach’s The Art of Fugue in two programmes in major halls worldwide. Her recording of The Art of Fugue, released in October 2014, immediately made the charts in the UK and the USA.
- Peterhouse College in Cambridge made her an Honorary Fellow in 2014.
- She lives in London but also has homes in Ottawa and in Italy.
Did you know?
In July 2005, Angela Hewitt launched her own Trasimeno Music Festival in Umbria near Perugia. Now an annual event, it draws an international audience to the Castle of the Knights of Malta in Magione, on the shores of Lake Trasimeno. Seven concerts in seven days feature Hewitt as a recitalist, chamber musician, song accompanist, and conductor, working with both established and young artists of her choosing.
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