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Charles Richard-Hamelin: Bio

Silver medalist and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman Prize at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin is standing out today as one of the most important musicians of his generation. In 2014, he also won the second prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition and the third prize at the Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea. Charles is the recipient of the Order of Arts and Letters of Quebec and the prestigious Career Development Award offered by the Women's Musical Club of Toronto.

??  He has appeared in various prestigious festivals including La Roque d'Anth?ron in France, the Prague Spring Festival, the "Chopin and his Europe" Festival in Warsaw and the Lanaudi?re Festival in Canada. As a soloist, he has performed with more than fifty ensembles including the main symphony orchestras of Canada (Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, M?tropolitain, Qu?bec, Edmonton, Calgary?) as well as with the Warsaw Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, OFUNAM (Mexico), les Violons du Roy and I Musici de Montr?al. He has played under the baton of renowned conductors such as Kent Nagano, Antoni Wit, Vasily Petrenko, Jacek Kaspszyk, Aziz Shokhakimov, Peter Oundjian, Jacques Lacombe, Fabien Gabel, Bernard Labadie, Carlo Rizzi, Alexander Prior, Giancarlo Guerrero, Christoph Campestrini, Lan Shui and Jean-Marie Zeitouni. Charles Richard-Hamelin is a graduate from McGill University, the Yale School of Music, the Conservatoire de Musique de Montr?al and has studied with Paul Surdulescu, Sara Laimon, Boris Berman, Andr? Laplante et Jean Saulnier.

??  Charles Richard-Hamelin has recorded six albums to date, all released under the Analekta label. Three of them feature the solo piano repertoire, the first being his acclaimed performances of Chopin's late works; the second bringing together compositions by Beethoven, Enescu, and Chopin; and the third a complete set of Chopin's ballades and impromptus. Richard-Hamelin has also recorded two albums of concertante works-Chopin's two piano concertos with the Orchestre symphonique de Montr?al, under the direction of Kent Nagano, and Mozart's piano concertos nos. 22 and 24 with Les Violons du Roy, conducted by Jonathan Cohen. As a chamber musician, he is recording a complete set of Beethoven's sonatas for violin and piano with Andrew Wan, the first installment of which was released in 2018. These albums have received awards and enthusiastic reviews from leading music critics.

Charles Richard-Hamelin

Chopin - Ballades & Impromptus

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1 Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 9:53  
2 Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38 7:57  
3 Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47 7:57  
4 Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52 12:09  
5 Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat Major, Op. 29 4:15  
6 Impromptu No. 2 in F-sharp Major, Op. 36 6:01  
7 Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat Major, Op. 51 5:51  
8 Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. posth. 66 5:43  

Chopin: Ballades & Impromptus, Charles Richard-Hamelin's fifth album on the Analekta label, is simply stunning. This complete edition of Frédéric Chopin's ballades and impromptus makes it possible to appreciate the exceptional playing of the pianist, as well as two important sides of the composer's work and that is the narrative impetus of his ballades and his talent as an improviser on the four impromptus.

Frédéric Chopin's ballades are the first instrumental works to bear this name, originally used to designate refined vocal pieces. Very free in form, all four present a similar psychological journey, in which tension will increase to a fiery coda. Written between 1831 and 1842, they testify to the evolution of Chopin's piano writing.