Angela Hewitt's busy international schedule after 1990 included solo recitals, concerto appearances (which she often conducted from the piano) with the Toronto Symphony, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras and other major orchestras, and chamber music. Notable among her appearances (up to 100 concerts annually) were her performances in 2000 of the complete preludes and fugues of Bach. In demand in Australia, she returned to that country often, and toured the USA in 2002. Hewitt also toured Scandinavia, and performed as far afield as Mexico and China. She was heard often in festivals such as the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, and Oslo festivals, and gave master-classes in Europe and North America. As an original member of Piano Six, she also gave recitals in small Canadian centres.
Her recordings and performances linked her closely with the keyboard works of Bach; she credited her early dance training with her affinity for this composer's dance forms. Her additional repertoire was varied. The Canadian composers whose works she programmed included Barbara Pentland, Oskar Morawetz, Gary Kulesha, and Alexina Louie. Steven Gellman and Gary Hayes wrote pieces for her. She had a special affinity for the music of French composers, and in 1987 she performed the complete solo piano works of Ravel in both London and Canada.
In the early 1990s, Hewitt embarked on a multi-year project to record the keyboard works of Bach, for Hyperion Records. As of 2003, she had recorded the Goldberg Variations, the inventions, the English and French suites, partitas, toccatas, and other works, often contributing the liner notes as well. Her notable recording of the Well-Tempered Clavier Book I was recognized with a Juno Award in 1999, as well as being named one of BBC Music Magazine's top 50 CDs. Later Hewitt recording of Bach won Juno awards in 2002 and 2005. Among her other recordings were The Complete Solo Piano Music of Ravel and Angela Hewitt Plays Olivier Messiaen (1998). As a chamber musician, she made recordings with cellist Shauna Rolston.
Angela Hewitt was named artist of the year by the Canadian Music Council in 1986. In 2000, she was made an Officer in the Order of Canada; in 2002, she received the Governor General's National Arts Centre Award. She was a patron of Music for Young Children. BBC listeners chose her as their favourite artist of 2003, and she was Gramophone's 2006 artist of the year. Widely admired for her intelligent interpretations of Bach, Hewitt was described by The Guardian as "the pre-eminent Bach pianist of our time."
She lived in Paris 1978-85, then moved to London, but maintained a Canadian residence.
See also Godfrey Hewitt (her father).
Bach Italian Concerto BWV971, Toccata in C Minor BWV911, Four Duets, English Suite No. 6 BWV811. 1985. DG 419-218-1/DG 429-975-2 (CD)
- Piano Concerti BWV1056, 1052, 1053. CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Bernardi conductor. 1986. CBC SMCD-5065
Franck - Morawetz - Pentland - Gellman. 1979. RCI 496/(Morawetz) 6-ACM 16/(Pentland) 6-ACM 25
Author Florence Hayes, Eric McLean, Betty Nygaard King
Ruebottom, Ann. 'Beyond Bach: Angela Hewitt Thrives in London,' Music, vol 11, Sep 1988
Dahlstrom, Helen. 'A visit with Angela Hewitt,' Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association Newsletter, vol 43, Aug 1990
Roston, Margo. "First person," Ottawa Citizen, 19 Dec 1998
Jones, Allison and Matuz, Roger, eds. Contemporary Canadian Musicians vol 2 (Toronto 1998)
Finch, Hilary. "Redefining Bach," Gramophone, Sep 2001
Links to Other Sites
The website for internationally acclaimed pianist Angela Hewitt. See her biography, extensive discography, tour schedule, and much more.
This Hyperion Records website features a profile and discography of Angela Hewitt. Also features music clips and sleeve notes.
The official website for the Piano Six Foundation, a non-profit organization that brought outstanding musicians to small communities across the country.
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