Angela Hewitt

Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt (b. 1958) studied at the University of Ottawa in the class of French pianist Jean-Paul Sévilla. She was a prizewinner in numerous piano competitions in Europe and North-America, but her triumph in the 1985 Toronto International Bach Piano Competition launched her international career.

Angela Hewitt’s interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach have established her as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time. Hewitt’s award-winning cycle for Hyperion Records of all the major keyboard works of Bach, released inbetween 1994 and 2014. In Finland Hewitt has recorded Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The final CD in her complete cycle of Beethoven Sonatas (op. 106 and op. 111) will be released in 2022.

Along with performing standard repertoire, Hewitt has commissioned new works, for example Nameless Seas by Canadian-Finnish composer Matthew Whittall (premiered with the National Arts Centre Orchestra 2017). In 2010 she commissioned seven composers from around the world to write short pieces inspired by Bach which were published in a collection named Angela Hewitt’s Bach Book.

One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt appears in recital and as soloist with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Asia. Conducting concertos of Bach and Mozart from the piano, Angela has led the Toronto Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Lucerne Festival Strings, the Kammerorchester Basel, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Salzburg Camerata, and in 2019 made her debut playing and conducting Bach with the Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna’s Musikverein.

Angela Hewitt has been awarded with numerous prestigious prizes during her career. In 2020 she was awarded with the City of Leipzig Bach Medal and the Wigmore Hall Gold Medal in recognition of her performances in this prestigious chamber music venue. In 2018 Hewitt received the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Ottawa and in 2015 she was inducted into Gramophone Magazine’s “Hall of Fame”. In 2006 Hewitt was awarded an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II. She has also won four Juno Awards for her recordings.

In 2005, Hewitt launched the Trasimeno Music Festival in Umbria, Italy of which she is Artistic Director. She is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada and has seven honorary doctorates. In July 2022 Hewitt will be Chairman of the Jury of the prestigious International Bach Competition in Leipzig.

 

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