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.
Marc-André Hamelin performs this summer at the Nohant Chopin Festival, Klavier Festival Ruhr, La Roque d’Anthéron, Montreux, the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, and with Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Festival de Lanaudière playing Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
The coming season includes Mr. Hamelin’s return to Carnegie Hall for a recital on the Keyboard Virtuoso Series plus recitals in Montreal, Seattle, Berlin, Florence, Salzburg, Wigmore Hall, Istanbul, among others. In repertoire from Haydn and Mozart to Ravel and Rachmaninoff, Hamelin appears with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles, Stuttgart and Moscow State Philharmonics, the Vancouver, Cincinnati, and Oregon Symphonies, and tours in Europe with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
Some highlights of Mr. Hamelin’s last season include recitals at Vienna’s Konzerthaus and at the Schubertiade, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at Yale, Cincinnati and Savannah, Munich, Moscow and Vancouver – as well as his second appearance on the Keyboard Virtuoso Series at Carnegie Hall.
With orchestra, he debuted at the Orchestre de Paris with Alan Gilbert conducting the Ravel Concerto for the Left Hand; played the Schoenberg Concerto with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin in the opening weeks of Vladimir Jurowski’s inaugural season, the Ravel Left Hand Concerto with Juanjo Mena and the Toronto Symphony, Ravel’s G Major Concerto with the St. Louis Symphony and John Storgards, Stravinsky with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot, Haydn with Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra, Mozart with Nicholas McGegan conducting the Cleveland Orchestra, the two Brahms concerti with the Moscow Philharmonic, and the Brahms D minor concerto with Andrew Manze conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
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.
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 and 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.
“Hamelin’s legend will grow - right now there is no one like him.”
“Marc-André Hamelin ranks among the small handful of performers in every generation whose abilities defy the imagination.”
“Artists and organizations hoping to revitalize classical music should look to Mr. Hamelin.”
“One of the most adventurous and certainly the most courageous pianists of recent times.”
- CPR Classical hosts Marc André Hamelin in the CPR Performance Studio on March 15, 2018. Marc-André Hamelin: Toccata on "L'Homme armé" Marc-André Hamelin, piano https://www.cpr.org/classical/performance-studio
- Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 83 with Jacek Kaspszyk and the Filharmonia Narodowa
- Cliburn2017 Web series - Episode #3: The Composer Follow the competition thanks to our web series: exclusive interviews, backstage, rehearsals... The Cliburn as if you were there!
- Marc-André Hamelin filmed exclusively for A Fly On The Wall. The piece is "Allegro di molto" from Haydn's Sonata Ho.XVI:41. Filmed during recording sessions.
- Hamelin performs his Etude No. 7 “After Tchaikovsky” and speaks with Radio Canada about “le concert idéal”: his ideal concert.
- Marc-André Hamelin dropped by the studio to give us a preview of his Pavane Variée just ahead of its New York premiere at Carnegie Hall. Video: Kim Nowacki Audio Engineer: Irene Trudel Producer: Alex Ambrose and Hannis Brown © WQXR | Q2 Music 2016
- Pre-order Marc-André Hamelin’s Schubert Disc (Available April 27)
- Marc-André Hamelin’s Newest Recording with Leif Ove Andsnes
- Marc-André Hamelin at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition