'a remarkably gifted artist'
Anthony Hewitt has won prizes at International Piano Competitions - including top prize at the William Kapell in Washington D.C. - and his communicative performances have won him critical acclaim worldwide as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. Career highlights include engagements with the National Symphony and Princeton Symphony Orchestras in the USA, and the English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Northern Sinfonia in the UK.
Anthony's discography includes 'Protégé' (Divine Art Records) - the first coupling on CD of the Liszt and Reubke Sonatas - which was praised in International Record Review as "magisterial", and received a Gramophone recommendation. He has recorded for Naxos with violist Sarah-Jane Bradley, and The Gramophone described the duo's recent performance on a disc of music by British composer Peter Fribbins as 'superb'. Other recordings include a live recording from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with violinist Tamaki Kawakubo on Japanese label Avex, as well as the pending release with Dimension Trio on the Champs Hill label.
An avid chamber musician, he is a member of Dimension Trio - winner of the prestigious Parkhouse award - who have received invitations to festivals and orchestras in the UK and abroad, including the Brighton Philharmonic. He performs regularly with distinguished artists such as clarinettist Emma Johnson, cellist Thomas Carroll, violist Sarah-Jane Bradley, and has a two piano duo with Martin Roscoe, with whom he recently shared a cycle of complete Beethoven Pianos Sonatas. Other partnerships include with violinist Chloe Hanslip, cellist Natalie Clein, and Japanese violinist Narimichi Kawabata with who he also has toured major concerts halls in Japan and the Far East.
Recent highlights include sold-out concerts at the Royal Festival Hall in London, a solo Coffee Concert at Wigmore Hall, and his debut at the National Concert Hall in Dublin with the RTE Concert Orchestra. Notable festivals include Swaledale and Newbury, and concerto appearances with the English Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and the London-based Orpheus Sinfonia.
Anthony's most unusual feat in 2012 was in the guise of the ‘Olympianist’ which saw him cycling 1200 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats followed by a concert at the end of each day. He performed over thirty engagements and raised £13,000 for charity. Anthony's special-edition CD 'Piano Odyssey' was broadcast several times on Classic FM, and he also appeared twice on BBC Radio 3's 'In-Tune'.
Anthony is the founding Artistic Director of the Ulverston International Music Festival and is based in SW London from where he enjoys cycling into the Surrey Hills.