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Marc-André Hamelin

Biography

Born: 1961; Montreal, Quebec, Canada  
Canadian Marc-André Hamelin is one of the world's most highly regarded piano virtuosos. He has a wide-ranging and large repertory with an uncommonly large proportion of little-known keyboard works of several eras in music. Critic Carol Bergeron of the Montréal newspaper Le Devoir called him "Glenn Gould's only worthy successor," and the New York Times' Harold Schonberg described him as a "super-virtuoso."

He studied at the Vincent d'Indy
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In 1985, he launched his career with a first prize victory in the Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition. Since then, he has appeared in recital in a large list of international venues. A partial list includes New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Montréal, Washington, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Luxembourg, Milan, Munich, Paris, Vienna, London, and Belfast. He tends increasingly to present series of thematically linked recitals. For instance, he appeared in the Manchester, England, Glories of the Piano Festival, a 1994 Wigmore Hall (London) series called Virtuoso Romantics, and in 1999, he began a six-recital three-year series of Tokyo appearances collectively called "150 years of Pianism with Marc-André Hamelin."

He has appeared in orchestral concerts in Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Birmingham, London, Ulster, Lahti, Amsterdam, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Belfast. Festival performances include the Blackheath Halls Pianoworks Festival, the Diszniki Chopin Festival, La Grange de Meslay en Touraine, the Lanaudière Festival, the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Ravinia Festival, La Roque d'Antheron, the Singapore International Piano Festival, the Snape Maltings Proms, the Schloss vor Hussum Rarities of Piano Music, the Valldemossa Chopin Festival, the Festival of Consonances, the St. Nazaire Festival, the Espoo Festival (near Helsinki, Finland), and the Tallinn Festival in Estonia.

He has performed in concert or recital with such organizations and artists as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Montréal Symphony, the Polish National Radio Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Ulster Orchestra, the CBC Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and conductors Andrew Davis, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, David Zinman, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Osmo Vänskä, Dennis Russell Davies, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Christoph Eschenbach, and Günther Herbig.

His activities in the recording studio have reflected his interest in unusual music. He has recorded works of Alkan, Bolcom, Busoni, Catoire (a virtually unknown Russian composer), Godowsky, Eckhardt-Gramatté, Grainger, Henselt, Korngold, Ives, Medtner, Reger, Rzewski, Sorabji, and Wolpe. Larger-scale projects have included a multi-disc set of the piano music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, the complete Godowski elaborations on Chopin etudes, and the complete piano sonatas of Medtner and Scriabin. The Alkan album won the Canadian Juno Award, the Grainger recording received the Soundscapes Award 1997, and a set called "Composer-Pianists from Alkan to Hamelin" was the Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik in 1997 and 1998.

In 1994, Hamelin joined with a group of other well-known Canadian pianists (Janina Fialkowska, Jon Kimura Parker, Angela Hewitt, Angela Cheng, and André Laplante) to form Piano Six. This unique musical partnership brings their playing to small and far-flung communities in the vastness of Canada as its members provide their service for minimal fees that permit ordinary people to afford to attend. Read less
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  • 1.
    Scarlatti Recreated - Transcriptions And Hommages / Sandro Russo
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 149 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Tausig,  Louis Brassin,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Carl Czerny  ... 
    Performer:  Sandro Russo
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    Get Happy / Jenny Lin
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30011 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Earl Wild,  Stefan Malzew,  Richard Rodgers  ... 
    Performer:  Jenny Lin
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    Apres Scarlatti / Kristina Szutor
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3178 Release Date: 05/15/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Norman Dello Joio,  Marcel Bitsch,  Clifford Crawley,  Clark Ross  ... 
    Performer:  Kristina Szutor
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    Hamelin: Etudes / Marc-Andre Hamelin
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67789 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-André Hamelin
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
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    Rarities Of Piano Music At 'schloss Vor Husum' From The 1987 And 1988 Festival
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 299 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Adolf Henselt,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Frédéric Chopin,  Carl Tausig  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Boris Bloch,  Daniel Berman,  Rainer Maria Klaas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Quatre Mains
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    Scene Player Piano 6 - Original Compositions In The Tradition Of Nancarrow
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 6451406 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-André Hamelin,  Krzysztof Meyer,  Steffen Schleiermacher,  Daniele Lombardi  ... 
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    Rarities Of Piano Music At Schloss Vor Husum (1992)
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 399 Release Date: 02/03/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Liszt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Serge Babayan,  Igor Zhukov,  Peter-Jürgen Hofer,  Bernard Ringeissen  ... 
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    Music Of Tribute Vol 4 - Scarlatti / Viktoria Lakissova
    Label: Labor Records   Catalog: 7077 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  György Kurtág,  Walter Steffens,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Leopold Godowsky  ... 
    Performer:  Viktoria Lakissova
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    Serious Fun ! - Berners, Nicholas, Baker/ Applebaum, Hamelin
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 744 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Nathaniel Baker,  Tom Lehrer,  Peter Winkler,  Stephen Sondheim  ... 
    Performer:  Jody Karin Applebaum,  Marc-André Hamelin
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    Rarities Of Piano Music At Schloss Vor Husum (2000)
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 559 Release Date: 11/14/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Medtner,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Stephen Sondheim,  Frederick Holländer  ... 
    Performer:  Hamish Milne,  Konstantin Scherbakov,  Marc-André Hamelin,  Jody Karin Applebaum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tal & Groethuysen Duo
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    Kaleidoscope / Marc-andre Hamelin
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67275 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Felix Blumenfeld,  John Vallier,  Alfredo Casella  ... 
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
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    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 559 Release Date: 08/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Medtner,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Stephen Sondheim,  Frederick Holländer  ... 
    Performer:  Hamish Milne,  Konstantin Scherbakov,  Jody Karin Applebaum,  Marc-André Hamelin  ... 
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