THE WILLIAM AND NANCY RICHARDSON CONCERT
Pianist and composer Marc-André Hamelin ranks among the elite world pianists for his unrivalled 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 nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The Montreal native has been featured on more than 70 albums throughout his career. In 2006, Hamelin was awarded the lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Award and in June 2015 was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in recognition of his remarkable discography.
A pre-concert talk by Zaide Pixley, PhD will begin at 7 PM.
|MOZART||Piano Sonata No. 18 in D Major, K. 576|
|MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN||Pavanne Variée (2014)|
|DEBUSSY||Images, Book I|
|SCHUBERT||Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-flat Major, D. 960|
Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is now ranked among the elect of world pianists for his unrivalled blend of musicianship and virtuosity in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries – in concert and on disc. Winner of the 1985 Carnegie Hall Competition, Hamelin was born in Montreal. He began to play the piano at the age of five, and by the age of nine had already won top prize in the Canadian Music Competition.
In recital, Mr. Hamelin performs 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, as well as a three-concert residency at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, featuring two solo recitals and a concert with the ASKO/Schönberg Ensemble.
This past summer, Mr. Hamelin joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Ravel’s Left Hand Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms and repeated the same work at the Colorado Music Festival. Mr. Hamelin collaborated with distinguished colleagues at the Montreal and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals; he also performed solo recitals at both festivals, as well as at the International Keyboard institute and Festival in New York City, Cheltenham Festival (UK), Klavierfestival Ruhr, Klavierfestival Berlin, Rockport Music Festival, and Festival Cully Classique in Switzerland.
Highlights of Mr. Hamelin’s solo performances with orchestra in 2014/15 included performances of both Brahms Concertos with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra; a birthday concert for Michael Tilson Thomas with the San Francisco Symphony, where his fellow guests included Emmanuel Ax, Yuja Wang, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Jeremy Denk; and the American premiere performances of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Piano Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra. For his debut performances with the Cleveland Orchestra with Haydn’s D-Major Piano Concerto in April and May, Mr. Hamelin’s playing was praised as “the very paragon of Classical purity, a fount of crisp, sparkling passages” (Cleveland Plain-Dealer, May 1, 2015). Further orchestral engagements included performances with the Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino (Italy), the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National Bordeaux (France), Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic under Charles Dutoit (UK), and the Seattle Symphony. In March 2015, Mr. Hamelin joined Les Violons du Roy for a concert tour through Canada and the US; he has also performed Franck’s Quintet in F minor with the Takács Quartet in California and the United Kingdom.
In recognition of his remarkable discography, Mr. Hamelin was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in June 2015. Also awarded the 2006 lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik), Mr. Hamelin has recorded some 70 CDs for the Hyperion label, most recently a double disc of Mozart Sonatas and two recordings with the Takács Quartet featuring the piano quintets by Shostakovich and Leo Ornstein.
In 2010 Mr. Hamelin joined the ranks on CD of noted composer-pianists by releasing his own highly inventive “12 Etudes in all the minor keys” on the Hyperion label and with publication by Edition Peters. Mr. Hamelin has since performed his own compositions around the world, to great critical acclaim. His Pavane variée was commissioned for the ARD Music Competition in Munich, where it was the obligatory piece for the 2014 piano competition.