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 in concert and on recordings.
The 2018–2019 season includes Mr. Hamelin’s return to Carnegie Hall for this evening’s recital, as well as recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall and in Montreal, Seattle, Berlin, Florence, Salzburg, and Istanbul, among others. Mr. Hamelin appears with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and Oregon Symphony, and tours in Europe with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
Mr. Hamelin was a distinguished member of the jury of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2017. Each of the 30 competitors performed Mr. Hamelin’s Toccata on “L’homme armé,” marking the first time the composer of the competition’s commissioned work was also a member of the jury. Although primarily a performer, Mr. Hamelin has also 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 recording of Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B-Flat Major and Four Impromptus, D. 935; Morton Feldman’s For Bunita Marcus; a landmark recording of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Concerto for Two Pianos with Leif Ove Andsnes; and Medtner’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski.
Mr. Hamelin was honored as a 2014 ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of Year. His three-disc set of Busoni’s late piano music and an album of his own compositions, Hamelin: Études, were cited as recordings of the year by Diapason and Classica. The latter album also received a 2010 Grammy Award nomination (Mr. Hamelin’s ninth), as well as first prize from the German Record Critics’ Award Association.
Mr. Hamelin lives in Boston with his wife, Cathy Fuller. Born in Montreal, he is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the German Record Critics’ Award Association. Mr. Hamelin is also an Officer of the Order of Canada, Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.