OSO Soloist: Stephen Hopwood
Stephen Hopwood trained at the Royal Northern College of Music and in the mid 1970s began a career as piano soloist, accompanist and teacher.
Stephen gives recitals for music clubs and societies all over the country and his repertoire of 18th and 19th century music includes some of the most exciting and beautiful pieces composed for the piano, works such as Beethoven's 'Waldstein' sonata, Chopin ballades, Liszt's B minor sonata and Busoni's transcription of the Chaconne from Bach's unaccompanied partita in D minor. 'Impeccable', 'exhilarating', 'sensitive', and 'refreshing' are some of the words used to describe his playing.
His concerto repertoire includes Brahms' 2nd concerto and Rachmaninov's 3rd, works he describes as 'life shortening but fun', as well as other mainstream works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Grieg.
Stephen prefaces recitals with carefully judged introductory talks ranging from historical background for experienced listeners to more light-hearted suggestions as what to listen out for when audiences are less experienced.
Stephen has been an accompanist member of the Federation of Festivals for Music, Drama and Speech, and as such, has worked with many young people accompanying exams, festivals, auditions and concerts. He has introduced young soloists at Boston Stump and The Allegro Appassionato concerts in Louth. He is festival accompanist at the annual West Pennine Music Festival in Oldham, and has also worked at the Lincoln Music Festival.
Stephen has played Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4; Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2; Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no. 2; Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no. 3 with Oldham Symphony Orchestra
Concerts where Stephen Hopwood played: