A performer of “near-superhuman technical prowess” (The New York Times), pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivaled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique 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. He regularly performs with the leading orchestras and conductors of our time, and gives recitals at major concert venues and festivals worldwide.
Highlights of Hamelin’s 2022–2023 season include a vast variety of repertoire performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall (piano quintets by Florence Price and Brahms), Berlin Philharmonic and Marek Janowski (Reger’s Piano Concerto), San Diego Symphony and Rafael Payare (Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2), Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Gustavo Gimeno (Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie), Netherlands Philharmonic and Joshua Weilerstein (Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue) and Symphony Nova Scotia and Holly Mathieson (Grieg’s Piano Concerto). Recital appearances take Hamelin to Vienna, Chicago, Toronto, Montréal, Napa Valley, São Paulo and Bogotá, among other venues across the world.
The summer of 2022 included performances at many festivals including Caramoor with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Tanglewood, Domaine Forget, La Jolla, Schubertiade and Festival International Piano.
Hamelin is an exclusive recording artist for Hyperion Records, where his discography spans more than 70 albums, with notable recordings of a broad range of solo, orchestral and chamber repertoire. In January 2022, the label released a two-disc set of C.P.E. Bach’s sonatas and rondos that received wide critical acclaim. In June 2022, Hyperion released the two-disc set of William Bolcom’s The Complete Rags.
Hamelin has composed music throughout his career, with more than 30 compositions to his name. The majority of those works — including the Etudes and Toccata on L’homme armé, commissioned by the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition — are published by Edition Peters. His most recent work, his Piano Quintet, was premiered in August 2022 by himself and the celebrated Dover Quartet at La Jolla Music Society.
Hamelin makes his home in the Boston area with his wife, Cathy Fuller, a producer and host at Classical WCRB. Born in Montreal, he is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the German Record Critics’ Association, seven Juno Awards and 11 Grammy nominations and the 2018 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in piano performance from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. In December 2020, he won the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry from the Ontario Arts Foundation. Hamelin is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
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