No stranger to our stage, Marc-André Hamelin will be back on Tuesday, January 21st! He first performed for Music Toronto during our 1986/87 season and has played a total of 8 concerts for our patrons.
He is known for his brilliance in playing the standard classical repertoire as well as being a champion of works by amazing but not as well-known composers. We will have a chance to hear both in the upcoming concert as he will play a piece by Nikolai Medtner (Sonata in E Minor, Op. 25, No. 2, Night Wind) and a piece by Schubert (4 Impromptus, D935). Hamelin also composes and this season we will again be treated to one of his own pieces – Barcarolle (2012). It is sure to be an amazing evening!
Hamelin is French Canadian, born in Montreal, where he initially studied. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec (National Order of Quebec). He currently lives in Boston and has toured and played world-wide. His distinguished award-winning career has included many solo recitals along with being a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montréal Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the London Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony to name a few. He has recorded over 50 CDs with Hyperion Records, including his Alkan Concerto for Solo Piano which won the 2008 Juno for Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble.