Stephen Andrew Gill Hough is a British-born classical pianist, composer and writer. A prominent soloist, he is also a composer and transcriber, and often includes his own works in his recitals. He has written over 30 published pieces. He is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he is a visiting Professor, a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he is the International Chair of piano studies, and an Honorary Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Liverpool in 2011. In 2009 he was named by The Economist and Intelligent Life magazines as one of twenty living polymaths.