Pianist Marc-André Hamelin’s unique blend of musicianship and virtuosity brings forth remarkable interpretations recognized for their freedom, originality and prodigious mastery of the piano’s resources. A musician of broad musical interests and curiosity, Hamelin is renowned in equal measure for his fresh readings of the established repertoire and for his exploration of lesser known works of the 19th and 20th century, both in the recording studio and in the concert hall.
Hamelin studied at the Vincent d’Indy School of Music in Montréal with Yvonne Hubert, a pupil of Cortot, then received bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Temple University, working under Russell Sherman and Harvey Weeden. In 1985, he launched his career with a first prize victory in the Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition. Since then, he has appeared in recital at a multitude of international venues, often with a thematically linked program of works. His solo turns with orchestras are no less far-reaching, covering major venues in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Hamelin also finds time for a few chamber music performances and recordings, with such colleagues as Jon Kimura Parker, Angela Hewitt, Midori, Jon Vickers, the Leopold String Trio, and the Takács Quartet.
Along with being a virtuoso performer, Hamelin has also established himself as a first-rate composer, highlighted by his acclaimed 2010 album Études. A multiple Grammy Award winner, Hamelin has made more than sixty recordings, most on the Hyperion label. His most recent release was Debussy: Images; Preludes II in November of 2014.
A resident of Boston, Marc-André Hamelin is the recipient of a lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Association, is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
“The pianist Marc-André Hamelin is fearless. No successful performer can afford to show fear from the stage, but with Mr. Hamelin, fearlessness is something more: a positive attribute, a confident calm that he exudes even while unleashing volcanic eruptions of sound and emotion.” – New York Times
Hamelin has established himself as the thinking man’s virtuoso, and virtuosity is his main hallmark. He just employs it a lot more interestingly than most. – Washington Post
JOHN FIELD: Andante in E-flat Major, H. 64 (Unrevealed Andante)
MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN: Pavane Variée
DEBUSSY: Images, Book II
MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN: Variations on a Theme of Paganini
SCHUBERT: Four Impromptus, D. 935
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