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Visiting Artist

Marc-André Hamelin

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin’s unique blend of musicianship and virtuosity brings forth interpretations remarkable 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.

Four different multi-concert series will celebrate Hamelin’s artistry worldwide in the 2013/14 season: The Celebrity Series of Boston, San Francisco Performances, De Singel in Antwerp, and London's Wigmore Hall where he will be Artist-in-Residence.   These artist portraits highlight his diverse repertoire and interests.  He will perform in solo recitals, collaborate with guest artists including the Pacifica and Takács quartets, violinist Anthony Marwood, clarinettist Martin Fröst, pianist Emanuel Ax, and appears with the Rotterdam Philharmonic with conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin, with whom he performs the world premiere of the Mark-Anthony Turnage piano concerto.

Additional recital highlights will include the Berlin Philharmonie, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Washington Performing Arts Society, Paris’ Theatre de Champs Elysees, Munich’s Herkulessaal, and the Musikegebouw in Amsterdam.

Orchestral highlights will include the New York Philharmonic with Sir Andrew Davis, the Chicago Symphony with Bernard Labadie, the London Symphony with Osmo Vänska, the Danish Radio Orchestra with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and a European tour with the Montreal Symphony and Kent Nagano.

Marc-André Hamelin records exclusively for Hyperion Records. His most recent release is Haydn concerti with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie, and this season will feature an upcoming disc of late piano works of Busoni.  Other recent releases include three double-disc sets of Haydn sonatas; a solo disc of works by Liszt; and an album of his own compositions, Hamelin: Ètudes, which received a 2010 Grammy nomination (his ninth) and a first prize from the German Record Critic’s Association.  The Hamelin études are published by Edition Peters. His complete Hyperion discography includes concertos and works for solo piano by composers such as Alkan, Godowsky, and Medtner, as well as brilliantly received performances of Brahms, Chopin, Liszt and Schumann.  

Born in Montreal and 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.

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