Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivalled 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 – in concert and on disc.
Among his summer 2017 concerts were the Brahms D minor Concerto with Ludovic Morlot at the Aspen Music Festival, a recital at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Haydn with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vanska, a solo recital and the Trout Quintet at Austria's Schubertiade, the Chopin Concerto No. 2 with Jukka Pekka Saraste conducting the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival, Ravel and Gershwin concerti in Montreux with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and concerts at the Orford and Lanaudiere Festivals in Canada.
He was a distinguished member of the jury of the 15th Van Cliburn Competition in 2017 where each of the 30 competitors in the Preliminary Round were required to perform Hamelin's ‘Toccata on L'Homme armé’ which marked the first time the composer of the commissioned work was also a member of the jury. Although primarily a performer, Mr. Hamelin has composed music throughout his career; the majority of his works are published by Edition Peters.
A feature of his 2017/18 season is a return to the Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall on the Keyboard Virtuosos series as well as recitals including the Seattle Symphony, Yale University, Wolf Trap, Denver, Cincinnati, Savannah, and internationally at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Munich, Moscow, and Vancouver. Orchestra appearances include the Orchestre de Paris, Alan Gilbert conducting the Ravel Left Hand Concerto, the Schoenberg concerto with the Rundfunk-sinfonieorchester Berlin in the opening weeks of Vladimir Jurowski's inaugural season as Principal Conductor and Artistic Director, the Ravel Left Hand Concerto with Juanjo Mena and the Toronto Symphony, the Ravel G major Concerto with the St. Louis Symphony and John Storgards, Stravinsky with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot conducting, Mozart with Nicholas McGegan conducting the Cleveland Orchestra, the two Brahms concerti with the Moscow Philharmonic, Brahms and Beethoven concerti with Symphony Nova Scotia and Bernhard Gueller conducting, and the Brahms D minor concerto with Andrew Manze conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
Mr. Hamelin records exclusively for Hyperion Records. His most recent releases are a disc of Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B Flat Major and Four Impromptus, a landmark disc of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring Concerto for Two Pianos with Leif Ove Andsnes, Morton Feldman's For Bunita Marcus, and Medtner Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski. His Hyperion discography of over 60 recordings 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.
He was honored with the 2014 ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of Year (Piano) and Disc of the Year by Diapason Magazine and Classica Magazine for his three disc set of Busoni: Late Piano Music; 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.
Mr. Hamelin makes his home in the Boston area with his wife, Cathy Fuller. Born in Montreal, 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.