Marc-André Hamelin

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is renowned for his readings of the established repertory and for his exploration of lesser known works of the nineteenth and twentieth century, both in the recording studio and in the concert hall.

This season Mr. Hamelin performs Haydn’s piano concertos with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie in a performance that will be recorded for release on Hyperion Records. He also performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. He joins the National Philharmonic of Russia for piano concertos by Rubinstein and Medtner and appears with the Columbus Symphony and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Hamelin will also perform Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet with the Takács String Quartet on tour throughout North America. Also a composer, he will appear in recital at the 92nd Street Y for the New York premiere of his Variations on a Theme by Paganini. He is presented in recital by the Chicago Symphony and his other recital engagements include Baltimore’s Shriver Hall, the Detroit Chamber Music Society, Music Toronto, the Vancouver Recital Society, the Edmonton Chamber Music Society, Portland Ovations (Maine), and Portland Piano (Oregon), Wigmore Hall, the Berlin Piano Festival, and performances in Libson, Munich, Stuttgart, Moscow, and Antwerp.

Mr. Hamelin records exclusively for Hyperion Records. His most recent releases include Reger’s and R. Strauss’s piano concertos with the Berlin Radio Symphony, and a disc of solo piano works by Liszt that was selected for Gramophone’s 2011 Critic’s Choice feature. An album of his own compositions, Hamelin: Études, received a 2010 Grammy nomination (his ninth) and a first prize from the German Record Critic’s Association; the Études are published by Edition Peters. His complete Hyperion discography includes concertos and works for solo piano by composers such as Alkan, Busoni, Godowsky, and Medtner, as well as performances of works by Brahms, Chopin, Haydn, Liszt, and Schumann.

A resident of Boston, Marc-André Hamelin is the recipient of a lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Association, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2006.

(May 2013)