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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

Live - Beethoven, Enescu, Chopin


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1 Beethoven: Rondo in C major, Op. 51, No. 1  
2 Beethoven: Rondo in, Op. 51, No. 2  
3 George Enescu: Suite No. 2 for piano, Op. 10 - Toccata  
4 George Enescu: Suite No. 2 for piano, Op. 10 - Sarabande  
5 George Enescu: Suite No. 2 for piano, Op. 10 - Pavane  
6 George Enescu: Suite No. 2 for piano, Op. 10 - Bourre  
7 Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A-fl at major, Op. 47  
8 Chopin: Nocturne in E-fl at major, Op. 55, No. 2  
9 Chopin: Introduction and Rondo in E-fl at major, Op. 16  
10 Chopin: Polonaise No. 6 in A-flat major (Heroic), Op. 53  

Analekta is proud to present Live: Beethoven – Enescu – Chopin, the second album by Charles Richard-Hamelin, one of the most notable pianists of his generation, silver medalist and winner of the Krystian Zimerman Prize for best performance of a sonata at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Recorded before an audience at Salle Raoul-Jobin in Québec City's Palais Montcalm this past May, Live: Beethoven – Enescu – Chopin confirms the impressive talent of the Québec pianist.

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