Pianist Stephen Hough has been awarded honorary membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS).

He is the 141st recipient since the first honorary membership was awarded to Carl Maria von Weber in 1826.

The RPS has supported Hough throughout his career: in 1980 he won the RPS Julius Isserlis Prize for study abroad, and in 2009 won the RPS Music Award for instrumentalist.

The award was presented by RPS council member Sally Groves and executive director Rosemary Johnson during a concert at Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – the same venue at which Hough heard his first ever orchestral concert at the age of eight.

The RPS said: ‘Stephen Hough is […] internationally renowned for his virtuosic command of his instrument as well as the intelligence and insight of his beautifully crafted interpretations.

‘As well as being a musician he remarkable for being acclaimed as a fine composer, a painter, a teacher, and through his public writings. This year he published his first novel and many will have followed his cultural blog in the Daily Telegraph over many years to discover that as well as music, his interests range from theology and poetry to hats and soap operas.’