Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra presents Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto featuring pianist Sir Stephen Hough

INDIANAPOLIS — Stephen Hough, one of the world’s top pianists, takes the ISO through Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto, a masterpiece of the genre and a showcase of Brahms’ unrivaled creativity. José Luis Gomez conducts the Overture to Verdi’s opera La forza del destino—a dramatic tale of soaring intensity—along with Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, an opera that revels in the splendor and charm of Vienna’s golden age. Buy tickets now.

Performances begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 3; 8 p.m. Friday, November 4; and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, November 5. For more information regarding the policies of the Hilbert Circle Theatre, please visit the ISO website.

About José Luis Gomez

The Venezuelan-born, Spanish conductor José Luis Gomez began his musical career as a violinist but was catapulted to international attention when he won First Prize at the International Sir Georg Solti Conductor’s Competition in Frankfurt in September 2010, securing a sensational and rare unanimous decision from the jury.

José Luis Gomez | IMG Artists
José Luis Gome

Gomez’s electrifying energy, talent, and creativity earned him immediate acclaim from the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra where he was appointed to the position of Assistant Conductor, a post created especially for him by Paavo Järvi and the orchestra directly upon the conclusion of the competition.

Maestro Gomez was the principal conductor of the Orchestra 1813 Teatro Sociale di Como between 2012 and 2015 where he curated a new symphonic season, which resulted in a new and enthusiastic audience, conducting concerts to full houses. He is the Music Director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and his contract has been extended to the end of the 26–27 season.

About Stephen Hough

One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Sir Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of a composer and writer.

Stephen Hough has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours | Gramophone
Sir. Stephen Hough

Named by The Economist as one of Twenty Living Polymaths, Hough was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (2001). He was awarded Northwestern University’s 2008 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano, won the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award in 2010, and in 2016 was made an Honorary Member of RPS. In 2014 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2022. Many of his catalog of over 60 albums have garnered international prizes.

Sir Stephen resides in London where he is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and holds the International Chair of Piano Studies at his alma mater, the Royal Northern College in Manchester. He is also a member of the faculty at The Juilliard School.

About the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra 

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, at home and thriving in the heart of Indianapolis, offers an exceptional artistic and musical experience. The orchestra is open to all and dedicated to creating an inclusive and innovative experiential environment that is inspiring, educational, and welcoming. The ISO celebrates historically beloved performances while engaging audiences by introducing new voices through programming including the DeHaan Classical Series, the Printing Partners Pops Series, the holiday traditions of AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration, and the popular Film Series presented by Bank of America. For more information, visit