Marc-André
HAMELIN

Canada

Biography

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivalled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in performing the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

He debuted with the Orchestre de Paris, then with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin in the opening weeks of Vladimir Jurowski’s inaugural season. He played with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles, Stuttgart, and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestras, the Seattle Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

In 2017, he was a member of the jury for the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where each of the thirty participants performed his work: Toccata on “L'Homme armé.” Marc-André Hamelin has never ceased to compose throughout his career.

Marc-André Hamelin records exclusively for Hyperion Records. His most recent releases include Franz Schubert's piano sonata in B flat major and four impromptus. He has made more than sixty recordings, including concertos and solo piano works by composers such as Leopold Godowsky and Nikolai Medtner, as well as acclaimed renditions of Johannes Brahms, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, and Robert Schumann.

He won the ECHO Klassik “Instrumentalist of the Year” and “Disc of the Year” awards by Diapason Magazine and Classica Magazine for his three-disc set entitled Busoni.

Marc-André Hamelin is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Knight of the Order of Quebec, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.