Marc-André Hamelin‘s winter/spring highlights included Ravel and Shostakovich concerti with the Montreal Symphony and Kent Nagano, Medtner’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Kirill Petrenko and the Bayerische Staatsorcheter as well as with the Atlanta Symphony and Michael Stern, and Mozart K. 453 with the NDR Sinfonieorchester led by Andrew Manze. Upcoming he performs Haydn with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vanska to close their season and joins Ludovic Morlot at the Aspen Music Festival for Brahms 1 and plays Beethoven 5 at the Lanaudiere Festival.
In February he gave the world premiere of his own piano quintet with the Pacifica Quartet, commissioned for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
The month of April found him touring and recording with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes in a program of Mozart, Debussy and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for two pianos. They toured throughout Europe including London’s Wigmore Hall, and recorded the program in Berlin. In the U.S. they were presented in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, DC, and in New York at Carnegie Hall.
Hyperion Records released Hamelin’s new recording of Medtner Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 with the London Philharmonic led by Vladimir Jurowski.
This week Hamelin begins as a juror for the 2017 Van Cliburn Piano Competition. He was commissioned to compose a new work for the ompetition, to be performed by all 30 competitors, marking he first time that the composer of the commissioned work will also serve on the jury. Hear Hamelin’s piece performed by competitors this Thursday through next Monday on the Cliburn Competition performances live webcast here.