Marc-André Hamelin

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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
Read more School of Music (part of the University of Sherbrooke in Montréal) and continued his musical education in the United States at Temple University in Philadelphia, earning his bachelor's and master's degrees there. His teachers were Russell Sherman, Harvey Weeden, and Yvonne Hubert.

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
Fete Galante / Gauvin, Hamelin
Release Date: 01/25/2011   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 2642   Number of Discs: 1
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    Ornstein: Piano Quintet; String Quartet No. 2
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68084 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Ornstein
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacifica String Quartet
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    Adams: Absolute Jest, Grand Pianola Music / Thomas
    Label: San Francisco Symphony   Catalog: 63 Release Date: 08/21/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin,  Orli Shaham
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  John Adams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  St. Lawrence String Quartet,  Synergy Vocals
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    Mozart: Piano Sonatas / Marc-Andre Hamelin
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68029 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
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    Shostakovich: Piano Quintet, String Quartet No 2 / Hamelin, Takacs Quartet
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67987 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Takács String Quartet
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    Debussy: Images, Preludes Book 2 / Hamelin
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67920 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
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    Catoire: Piano Music / Marc-Andre Hamelin
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55425 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georgy Catoire
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
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    Schumann: Kinderszenen, Waldszenen; Janacek: On the Overgrown Path Book I / Hamelin
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68030 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
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    Legato - The World of Piano / Hamelin, Aimard...
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059848 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Nikolai Medtner,  Dafydd Llywelyn,  Leopold Godowsky  ... 
    Performer:  Boris Berezovsky,  Roland Pöntinen,  Marc-André Hamelin,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard
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    Busoni: Late Piano Music / Marc-Andre Hamelin
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67951 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
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    Haydn: Piano Concertos No 3, 4 & 11 / Hamelin
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67925 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
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    Haydn: Piano Sonatas Vol 3 / Marc-andre Hamelin
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67882 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
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  • 12.
    Centrediscs: 30 Years
    Label: Centrediscs   Catalog: 17311 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ann Southam,  Alice Ping Yee Ho,  Harry Somers,  Larysa Kuzmenko  ... 
    Performer:  Christina Petrowska Quilico,  Barbara Pritchard,  Marc-André Hamelin
    Conductor:  Alex Pauk,  Andrey Boreyko,  Martin Bartlett,  Mario Bernardi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Penderecki String Quartet,  Trio Fibonacci,  St. Lawrence String Quartet  ... 
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    Rarities Of Piano Music At Schloss Vor Husum   Vol  22
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 709 Release Date: 11/08/2011  
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Stephen Heller,  Richard Wagner,  Ferruccio Busoni  ... 
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin,  Jean-Frédéric Neuburger,  Ian Fountain,  Michail Lifits  ... 
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    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Vol 6 - Live Radio Recordings 1990-2000
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 11004 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Luciano Berio,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Ildiko Komlósi,  Kolos Kovacs,  Martha Argerich,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Claus Peter Flor,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Swingle Singers,  Netherlands Radio Women's Chorus
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    Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte: The Six Piano Sonatas / Hamelin
    Label: Centrediscs   Catalog: 16611 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sophie Eckhardt-Gramatté
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
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    Liszt: Piano Sonata In B Minor, Fantasy And Fugue  / Hamelin
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67760 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
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    The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 53 - Reger, R. Strauss / Hamelin, Volkov, Berlin Radio SO
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67635 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Reger,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
    Conductor:  Ilan Volkov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Fete Galante / Gauvin, Hamelin
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2642 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Karina Gauvin,  Marc-André Hamelin
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  • 19.
    Chopin: Sonatas 2 & 3, Two Nocturnes, Berceuse, Barcarolle / Marc-Andre Hamelin
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 30006 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    Live From Rarities Of Piano Music Festival 2008
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 689 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Wiéner,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
    Performer:  Denis Pascal,  Daniel Berman,  Marc-André Hamelin
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  • 23.
    Schumann: String Quartet Op. 41 No 3; Piano Quintet / Hamelin, Takacs Quartet
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67631 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Takács String Quartet
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  • 24.
    Virtuoso / Angele Dubeau
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28729 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Angèle Dubeau,  Marc-André Hamelin,  Alain Marion,  Anton Kuerti
    Conductor:  Ivan Marinov,  Igor Blazhkov,  Joseph Rescigno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Kiev Symphony Orchestra,  La Pieta  ... 
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    Haydn: Piano Sonatas Vol 2 / Marc-Andre Hamelin
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67710 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
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