Anthony Hewitt, piano
“A remarkably gifted artist” The Gramophone
Anthony Hewitt is regarded as one of Britain’s finest pianists, and since winning the prestigious William Kapell Competition in Washington D.C., has enjoyed a prolific career spanning two decades, including concerto appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra in the U.S.A. and in the U.K with the English Chamber and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras.
He has performed at most of the UK's major concerts halls, including concerto appearances at Royal Festival Hall in London and Symphony Hall in Birmingham, frequent recitals at Wigmore Hall since his debut there in 1998, and has appeared as chamber musician at King's Place and Cadogan Hall in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, and Usher Hall in Edinburgh.
He is a member of Dimension Piano Trio - winner of the prestigious Parkhouse Award - whose 2014 CD ‘Fantasy Trios’ was praised in The Sunday Times for playing of ‘rare richness and depth”. His duo partners have also included clarinettist Emma Johnson, cellist Thomas Carroll, and two pianos/four hands with eminent pianist Martin Roscoe.
Anthony has recorded for Decca, Naxos, Champs Hill Records, and Divine Art Records for whom he added to the catalogue the first coupling of the Liszt and Reubke Piano Sonatas, a disc which was praised in International Record Review as "magisterial", and received a Gramophone recommendation. He has made several recordings with violist Sarah-Jane Bradley and The Gramophone described the duo's recording of a disc of music by British composer Peter Fribbins as “superb”.
Anthony trained at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Simon Nicholls and Seta Tanyel, and was accepted at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as a student of Leon Fleisher and Claude Frank at the age of 17.
He enjoys a diverse musical life as piano tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire, as well as festival director; in 2003 Anthony founded the Ulverston International Music Festival in his hometown in Cumbria with the aim of bringing internationally renowned artists – including Nicola Benedetti, Steve Isserlis, Tasmin Little, Natalie Clein, Chloe Hanslip, and Alina Ibragimova to name a few – to a rural part of England. Part of his role includes work in the community with local school children in workshops, family concerts, and master classes. In 2014 he gave his conducting debut in a performance of Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony with the Northern Chamber Orchestra.
His most unusual ‘feat’ however was in 2012 when he gained the admiration of the music world and beyond by cycling 1200 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats and giving a concert every night, raising over £13,000 for charity.