Marc-André Hamelin, Piano
Marc-André Hamelin, Piano
SCRIABIN Fantasy in B Minor, Op. 28
PROKOFIEV Sarcasms, Op. 17
FEINBERG Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 3
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960
FAURÉ Barcarolle No. 3 in G-flat Major, Op. 42
DEBUSSY "Général Lavine - eccentric" from Préludes, Book II, No. 6
MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN "Music Box" from Con Intimissimo Sentimento, No. 5
Event DurationThe printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.
Marc-André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivaled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries in concert and on recordings.
Mr. Hamelin began the 2019–2020 season with a performance of Brahms’s piano concertos with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal and Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Festival de Lanaudière, and the world premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth’s Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms, led by the composer. Additional appearances include recitals at the Schubertiade, Helsingborg, Mänttä, Domaine Forget, Orford, and Newport music festivals, and at the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival with friend and frequent collaborator Leif Ove Andsnes. Mr. Hamelin’s recital appearances this season include London’s Wigmore Hall, the George Enescu Festival, and the Heidelberg Festival; at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie for the Husum Rarities of Piano Music Festival; in Moscow with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra; and in Ascona, Prague, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Monte Carlo.
Mr. Hamelin is the inaugural guest curator for Portland Piano International, where he opens the season with two solo recitals. He returns to San Francisco Performances—a series with which he has a long and deeply supportive artistic relationship—as a Perspectives Artist for its 40th anniversary season, with performances that include a solo recital, Winterreise with tenor Mark Padmore; and the world premiere of his own Piano Quintet, commissioned by San Francisco Performances, with the Alexander String Quartet.
An exclusive recording artist for Hyperion Records, Mr. Hamelin’s discography includes more than 60 albums, with notable recordings of a broad range of repertoire. Mr. Hamelin’s upcoming recordings include a release next month with the Takács Quartet, as well as a solo album of Feinberg works that includes the Op. 3 Piano Sonata featured on this evening’s program. Recent recordings include Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960, and Four Impromptus, D. 935; Feldman’s For Bunita Marcus; a landmark recording of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Concerto for Two Pianos with Mr. Andsnes; and Medtner’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninoff ’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski.
Mr. Hamelin has also composed nearly 30 works throughout his career. The majority of these works—including the études and Toccata on “L’homme armé,” commissioned by the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition—are published by Edition Peters.
Mr. Hamelin lives in Boston with his wife, Cathy Fuller. Born in Montreal, he is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the German Record Critics’ Award Association. Mr. Hamelin has also received seven JUNO Awards and 11 Grammy Award nominations. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec, and member of the Royal Society of Canada.