Marc-André Hamelin

Canadian virtuoso pianist and composer (Montreal, 1961)

Much adored pianist Marc-André Hamelin is a favourite of the North American continent. He has been favouring the rediscovery of little-known or forgotten composers.

Marc-André Hamelin began to play the piano at age five with his father, an amateur pianist. He studied both the great repertoire and lesser-known composers such as Charles-Valentin Alkan and Leopold Godowsky. He studied at the École Vincent d'Indy d'Outremont in Montreal, then at Temple University in Philadelphia. In 1985, he graduated his masters degree and was the laureate of the Carnegie Hall International Competition for American Music. In 1989, he was awarded the Virginia Parker Prize.

Marc-André Hamelin first made his debut in North America: in Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, then Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver (Canada). He later became known worldwide in cities such as Singapore, Stockholm, Milan. In France, he performed at the Grange de Meslay Festival, at Roque d’Anthéron, as well as at the Chopin Festivals of Bagatelle.

His exceptional technique allowed him to cover a very large repertoire, ranging from classical composers (Haydn, Mozart) to modern impressionists (Debussy, Albéniz), also including Romantic musicians (Liszt, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms). Hamelin has kept  focusing on so-called minor composers, yet not the least interesting ones, such as Nikolai Roslavets, Ferruccio Busoni, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Nikolai Medtner, Charles Ives, William Bolcom, Frederic Rzewski

6 landmark dates in the life of Marc-André Hamelin:

1985: First Prize at the Carnegie Hall International Competition for American Music

1989: Virginia Parker Prize

1994: Grammy Award for the recording of Alkan's Concerto for Solo Piano

1996: Signed a contract with the Hyperion label

2000: Gramophone Magazine Instrumental Award for his recording of Leopold Godowsky's complete Studies on Chopin's Études

2010: Released his own album Etudes

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Biography from Radio France’s document database, April 2014