Marc-André Hamelin, pianist


Marc-André Hamelin, pianist
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"Artists and organizations hoping to revitalize classical music should look to Mr. Hamelin"
~ New York Times

"Hamelin's legend will grow - right now there is no one like him"
~ Alex Ross, The New Yorker

"Marc-André Hamelin ranks among the small handful of performers in every generation whose abilities defy the imagination."
~ John Terauds, Toronto Star

"One of the most adventurous and certainly the most courageous pianists of recent times."
~ International Piano Quarterly

Meet Mr. Hamelin (1:09)

Marc-André Hamelin is ranked among the elite of world pianists for his unrivaled blend of musicianship and virtuosity in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the neglected music of the 19th and 20th centuries.

In 2015/16, Hamelin performs with the London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski at the Alte Oper Frankfurt (Liszt Totentanz and Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Variations) and again later in the season at the Royal Festival Hall for performances and recording of Rachmaninoff Cto. No. 3 and Medtner Cto. No.2; tours North America in Liszt 1 with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer to Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Maison symphonique de Montréal; has a three part residency at the Muziekgewbouw in Amsterdam, and debuts at the Teatro alla Scala with the La Scala Orchestra led by Jakob Hrusa.

Orchestral appearances in North America include Edmonton, Los Angeles Chamber, Manitoba, National Arts Centre, Quebec, San Diego, and Toronto Symphony orchestras. In addition to the London Philharmonic, in Europe Hamelin appears with the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Hallé, the Lucerne Symphony and the Orchestra Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in repertoire ranging from Mozart to Brahms, Ravel and Messiaen.

In recital, he plays on the Keyboard Virtuoso series in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall; also solo concerts for Chicago Symphony Presents, the Van Cliburn, Spivey Hall, ProMusica Montreal, Music Toronto, and the Green Center in Sonoma. European recitals include Munich, DeSingel in Antwerp, Moscow State Philharmonic Society, Perugia, Heidelberg Festival, Bilbao, and the Salzburg Mozarteum.

The summer of 2015 included a return to the BBC Proms for the Ravel Left Hand piano concerto BBC NOW and François Xavier Roth, a work he repeats at the Colorado Music Festival. Recitals include the Ruhr Piano Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival Cully Classique, the International Keyboard Festival in New York City, Aspen Music Festival, and Wigmore Hall.

Mr. Hamelin records exclusively for Hyperion Records. His most recent releases are a two-disc set of Mozart Sonatas and the Ornstein Piano Quintet with the Pacifica Quartet. He was honored with the 2014 ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of Year (Piano) and Disc of the Year by Diapason Magazine and Classica Magazine for his three disc set of Busoni: Late Piano Music.

Other recent recordings include Debussy Images and Préludes Book II, Haydn concertos with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie, three double-disc sets of Haydn sonatas; and an album of his own compositions, Hamelin: Études, which received a 2010 Grammy nomination (his ninth) and a first prize from the German Record Critics’ Association. The Hamelin études are published by Edition Peters.

His Hyperion discography of over 50 recordings includes concertos and works for solo piano by such composers as Alkan, Godowsky, and Medtner, as well as brilliantly received performances of Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and Shostakovich.

Born in Montreal and a resident of Boston, Marc-André Hamelin is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the German Record Critic’s Association. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.


(September 2015. Please discard previously dated materials and contact before making any alterations or cuts.)