Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
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. Long known for his bold exploration of unfamiliar pianistic terrain, Mr. Hamelin has increasingly turned his attention to the established masterworks of the piano literature, in performances and recordings of the piano sonatas of Haydn, major works by Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin and others.
In 2010/11, Hamelin’s orchestral appearances include the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He performs the world premiere of Claude Baker’s piano concerto From Noon to Starry Night with the Indianapolis Symphony. Recital appearances include Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, the Washington Performing Arts Society at Strathmore Hall, the Pro Musica Society of Montreal, Music Toronto, Duke Performances, Tuesday Musical Association of Akron, and European recitals in Stuttgart, Antwerp, Gstaad, Treviso, Munich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Florence. Hamelin tours with the Risør Chamber Music Festival to Oslo, La Monnaie in Brussels, Wigmore Hall in London, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Highlights of recent seasons include a string of critically acclaimed appearances with the symphony orchestras of Boston, Minnesota, Indianapolis and San Francisco; a series of dates at New York City’s Lincoln Center – with Louis Langrée and Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, in recital for the “Great Performers” series, in chamber concerts with Midori, and playing Haydn and Mozart concerti with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin the Fields; an international tour and subsequent recording of the Schumann Piano Quintet with the Takács String Quartet; and the Pro Musica Society of Montreal’s celebration of “The Art of Marc-André Hamelin” featuring a weeklong series of instrumental and vocal chamber music concerts, a solo recital and Beethoven and Haydn concerti.
Mr. Hamelin has performed recitals for Chicago Symphony Presents, the Celebrity Series of Boston, Washington Performing Arts Society in D.C, San Francisco Performances, La Jolla Music Society, Wigmore Hall’s London Pianoforte Series, the Schubert Club in St. Paul, the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Van Cliburn Concert Series, the Husum Piano Rarities Festival, and throughout Europe, in Australia, and in the Far East. Mr. Hamelin has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the London Philharmonic, The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Melbourne Symphony and many others in North America, Europe, Australia and the Far East.
Under exclusive contract with Hyperion Records, Mr. Hamelin has received 8 Grammy nominations including a 2008 nomination for Marc-André Hamelin in a state of jazz (CDA67656). His latest solo release Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 (CDA67710), follows up the critically acclaimed first instalment. In the fall of 2010 Hyperion releases a disc of Hamelin’s own compositions, Etudes and other works. His complete Hyperion discography numbers more than forty albums, and includes concertos and works for solo piano by composers such as Alkan, Busoni, Godowsky, and Medtner, as well as brilliantly received performances of Brahms, Chopin, Haydn, Liszt and Schumann.