After winning top prize at the William Kapell International Piano Competition in Washington DC, Anthony Hewitt has established a successful career as recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestra, earning him his reputation as a pianist of formidable interpretative and technical ability. The New York Times described him as an ‘excellent pianist, showing impressive clarity, fleet technique and a wide range of tonal colours’, and the Badische Nachrichten praised his ‘musical authority, beauty of tone, and youthful virtuosity’.
He was also winner of the NFMS/ESSO ‘Young Concert Artists Award’ in London which led to a twenty-five-concert tour of the UK and a platform on London’s South Bank. Other awards include prizes at the International Schubert Competition and Special Prize at the ARD Munich Competition.
Educated at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and the Mannes College of Music in New York, his teachers and mentors have included Leon Fleisher, Edward Aldwell, Seta Tanyel, Claude Frank, Bryce Morrison and Alfred Brendel, who described him as ‘a young pianist of remarkable talent’.
Anthony has performed in recital across the USA including Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, as well as in France, Germany, Japan, Brazil, Peru and South Africa. Notable UK appearances include those at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and four successful appearances at Wigmore Hall where Musical Opinion hailed his debut performance there as ‘astounding … wonderfully moving’. The Times subsequently described him an ‘outstanding pianist’.
He has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the London Soloists’ Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Kaliningrad and Saratov Orchestras of Russia, and at the Royal Opera House in London. He has performed with many regional orchestras throughout the UK since his orchestral debut with the Lakeland Sinfonia at the age of eleven.
As an enthusiastic chamber musician he has established duos with cellists Thomas Carroll, Alexander Chaushian and Johannes Moser. They have performed at prestigious venues and festivals in Argentina, Uruguay, Jordan, France, Germany and the UK, notably at St. James’ Piccadilly, St George’s Bristol and St David’s Cardiff. He also has a violin/piano duo with Japanese violinist Narimichi Kawabata, with whom he undertook a two-month tour of China and Japan in 2006.
In 2003, Anthony founded the Ulverston International Music Festival, which is rapidly becoming one of the country’s leading classical music festivals, where invited artists include Steven Isserlis, Tasmin Little, Emma Johnson and Martin Roscoe, with whom he has an ongoing two-piano partnership. Anthony is highly committed to the development of music within the next generation and, as part of the Festival’s education programme, he presents workshops and master classes to schoolchildren throughout the North of England.
His discography includes ‘Live at Wigmore Hall’ which was released in 1998 to critical acclaim: BBC Music Magazine described it as ‘displaying poetic and communicative musicianship’. His disc titled ‘Protégé’, the first coupling on CD of the Liszt and Reubke Sonatas was released in November 2007 by Divine Art. Anthony has also performed on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ as well as on TV and radio stations in the USA and Japan.
2007-2008 sees him as adjudicator for Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Award, as well as performances at festivals in the UK (Oxford International Piano Festival), France and Spain. He will also make return tours to Japan and South Africa, and his many chamber music performances will include at Conway Hall in London and with clarinettist Emma Johnson.