Marc-André Hamelin is ranked among the elite of world pianists for his unrivaled blend of
musicianship and virtuosity in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as
for his intrepid exploration of the neglected music of the 19th and 20th centuries. He
began the 2016-2017 season with appearances at the Schubertiade, Verbier, Lofoten,
Salzburg, Tanglewood, Domaine Forget, Aspen, and La Jolla festivals. In addition, the La
Jolla Music Society commissioned Mr. Hamelin to write a piano and cello sonata for himself
and cellist Hai-Ye Ni.
Mr. Hamelin's orchestral engagements this season include performances with the Bayerisches
Staatsorchester and Kirill Petrenko, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Warsaw National Philharmonic
Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Minnesota Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony
Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, among others. He appears in
recital at Vienna's Konzerthaus, Berlin's Philharmonie, The Gilmore festival, and 92nd
Street Y, as well as in Cleveland, Chicago, and Toronto, performing the concertos of Haydn,
Mozart, Ravel, Shostakovich, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff. Mr. Hamelin also made his China
debut this season, with two recitals in the legendary Shanghai Concert Hall in
Mr. Hamelin tours in Europe and North America this season for duo recitals with Mr.
Andsnes, as well as with the Pacifica Quartet for the world premiere of his own Piano
Quintet, commissioned by the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, California.
He concludes the season as a juror at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, for
which he has been commissioned to write the compulsory solo work for the contestants.
Mr. Hamelin records exclusively for Hyperion Records. His discography of more than 50
recordings includes concertos and works for solo piano by such composers as Alkan,
Godowsky, and Medtner, as well as brilliantly received performances of Brahms, Chopin,
Liszt, Schumann, and Shostakovich. His most recent releases are the Shostakovich Piano
Quintet with the Takács Quartet and a solo disc of Mozart sonatas. He was recognized as the
2014 ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of Year, and his three-disc Busoni: Late Piano
Music was named Disc of the Year
by Diapason and Classica magazines.
He has recently recorded Debussy's Images and Preludes, Book II; Haydn concertos
with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie; three double-disc sets of Haydn sonatas; and
an album of his own compositions, Marc-André Hamelin: Études, which received a
2010 Grammy Award nomination (his ninth) and a first prize from the German Record Critics'
Born in Montreal and a resident of Boston, Mr. Hamelin is the recipient of a lifetime
achievement award from the German Record Critics' Award Association. He is an Officer of
the Order of Canada, Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Québec, and a member of the Royal
Society of Canada.