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 begins the 2014/15 season with a round of recitals in Aspen, New York, Verbier, La Roque d'Anthéron, the Duszniki Festival in Poland, Orford, and in the Montreal Symphony's Virée Classique. There, he also performs Mozart's Piano Concerto, No. 27, K. 595, with Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony, followed by performances of Beethoven's Emperor Cto. at the Hollywood Bowl with Stéphane Denève and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

He plays a pair of engagements this season with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra; in September, performances of Brahms Piano Cto. No. 1 and at the end of the season he performs Brahms Piano Cto. No. 2. In between, he plays subscription weeks with the Symphony Orchestras of Cleveland, New Jersey, Oregon, Seattle, Utah, Vancouver and Philadelphia. At the last of these, he plays the American premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage's Piano Cto. with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, a work they launched together for its world premiere last season in Rotterdam. In the Spring of 2015, Hamelin plays the Haydn D Major Cto. from his award winning recording on a 10 concert North American tour with Les Violons du Roy.

Engagements abroad include a tour in France with the Orchestre National d'Île de France (Mozart k. 453), Brahms 2 in Turin with Gianandrea Noseda, Beethoven 4 with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Liszt 2 with the Royal Philharmonic in London and Charles Dutoit, and recitals in Amsterdam, Berlin, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Lucerne, Moscow and Munich. In America, he plays the Franck Quintet on tour with the Takács Quartet, and solo recitals at the 92nd St. Y in New York, the Lied Center in Nebraska, Mills College in Oakland, and in Princeton, Toronto, Philadelphia, and El Paso.

Last season was a celebration of Marc-André Hamelin hosted by San Francisco Performances, London's Wigmore Hall, Boston's Celebrity Series and Antwerp's deSingel where, in each city, he curated and performed a three part series of solo recitals and chamber music with partners including the Pacifica and Takács Quartets, Emanuel Ax, Martin Fröst, and Anthony Marwood. Hamelin also played recitals at Carnegie's Zankel Hall, the Muziekgebuow in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Herkulessaal in Munich; at the Kennedy Center for Washington Performing Arts Society, and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. With orchestra, he appeared with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne with Andris Nelsons, and with the Montreal Symphony at home and on tour in Europe.

Mr. Hamelin records exclusively for Hyperion Records. His most recent release, Schumann's Waldszenen and Kinderszenen and Janáček's "On the Overgrown Path", was the June 2014 Album of the Month in both Grammophone and the BBC Music Magazine. Other recent recordings include the late piano works of Busoni, Haydn concertos with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie, three double-disc sets of Haydn sonatas; a solo disc of works by Liszt; 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 complete Hyperion discography 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.

(August 2014. Please discard previously dated materials and contact publicity@colbertartists.com before making any alterations or cuts.)