Charles Richard-Hamelin

Soloists and Duos   Artists with Orchestra  

Silver medalist and winner of the Krystian Zimerman Prize at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition, Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin has emerged as one of the most important pianists of his generation. He gained international recognition when he took second...

Silver medalist and winner of the Krystian Zimerman Prize at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition, Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin has emerged as one of the most important pianists of his generation. He gained international recognition when he took second prize at the Montréal International Musical Competition and third prize at the Seoul International Music Competition. Charles is a recipient of the Order of Arts and Letters of Quebec and the prestigious Career Development Award conferred by the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto. In November 2022, he receives the Prix Denise-Pelletier, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the Prix du Québec. He has been invited to many major festivals, including La Roque d’Anthéron in France, the Prague Spring Festival, the “Chopin and his Europe” Festival in Warsaw, the Lanaudière Festival, and the George Enescu Festival in Bucarest. As a soloist, he has performed with some 50 ensembles, including all the major Canadian orchestras (Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa, Métropolitain, Quebec City, Edmonton, Calgary, etc.) and the Warsaw Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, OFUNAM (Mexico City), Violons du Roy, and I Musici de Montréal. He has worked with renowned conductors such as Kent Nagano, Rafael Payare, Antoni Wit, Vasily Petrenko, Jacek Kaspszyk, Bernard Labadie, Aziz Shokhakimov, Peter Oundjian, Jacques Lacombe, Fabien Gabel, Carlo Rizzi, John Storgårds, Alexander Prior, Giancarlo Guerrero, Christoph Campestrini, Lan Shui, and Jean-Marie Zeitouni. A graduate of McGill University, the Yale School of Music, and the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, he has studied with Paul Surdulescu, Sara Laimon, Boris Berman, André Laplante, and Jean Saulnier. Richard-Hamelin has recorded ten albums, all for the Analekta label including his most recent one with violinist Andrew Wan released on November 2022. Five of these are dedicated primarily to the solo piano works of Frédéric Chopin. He has also recorded concertante works – both Chopin piano concertos with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal conducted by Kent Nagano and Mozart’s piano concertos nos. 22 and 24 with the Violons du Roy conducted by Jonathan Cohen. His recordings have earned several Félix (ADISQ) and one JUNO (2022) awards and received widespread acclaim from critics around the world.

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Reviews

On the album Schumann: The Three Violin Sonatas. Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin. Released by Analekta.
Wan brings to the table a poetic litheness, precision, silvery purity and tonal clarity, inflecting Schumann’s limpid phrases with a gentle ease, complementing Richard-Hamelin’s velvet-gloved sonority and glowing cantabile to perfection.

— Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine

After recording the sonatas for violin and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven, a triptych that won numerous awards, including the Juno for Classical Album of the Year – Small Ensemble (2022) and an ADISQ award, Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin continue their fruitful collaboration by performing the complete sonatas for violin and piano by Robert Schumann (1810-1856). A perfect work to highlight the complicity that has developed between the concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the pianist who won the silver medal at the 2015 Frédéric Chopin International Piano Competition.

— Presto Music, November 2022

On the album Chopin: 24 Préludes – Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante.
Richard-Hamelin describes this set of pieces as a microcosm of Chopin’s piano music as a whole, adding, “it is Chopin at his most beautiful, heart-wrenching, experimental, dissonant, sometimes even violent. It is a fascinating journey through the human psyche and my interpretation aims to show precisely that.

— Robert Rowat, CBC Music, April 2021

On the album Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonatas for Violin and Piano (vol.2): Sonatas Nos. 1,2,3 and 5. Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin. Released by Analekta.
The Canadian musicians treat the Op 12 and Op 24 sonatas with bountiful finesse and discernment, bringing vibrancy to the light-hearted interplay and poetic elegance to passages in which lyricism is paramount.

— Gramophone, London (UK)

This remarkable pianist shapes each phrase with careful attention, then links it to the text one in a way that tells a compelling story from beginning to end. […] If there is one defining characteristic of Richard-Hamelin’s playing it’s how he wields the tools of musical rhetoric – stretching time by slightly slowing down and speeding up, and playing with the silences between notes – to ensure that the narrative tension never goes out of the piece he is playing.

— John Terrauds, The Star, Toronto

The young pianist’s strength, splendour and sense for emphasis were equally captivating as his enormous ability to convey dream, poetry and longing.

— Harald Eggebrecht, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich (Deutschland)

Charles Richard-Hamelin is clearly a musician-pianist: fluent, multi-faceted and tonally seductive […] Melodic inflection is curvaceous, natural and discreetly sensuous.

— Jeremy Siepmann, BBC Music Magazine

Richard-Hamelin has bold, original ideas about the music he plays, the emotional resevoirs to back them up and the technical equipment to convey them without distraction.

— Gramophone, London (UK)

Videos

Mozart: OSM - Concerto No. 24

Chopin: Prélude No. 16

Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3

Chopin: 4 Impromptus

Chopin: Piano Concerto in F minor Op. 21

With A. Wan-Beethoven: Violin and Piano Sonata no.4, op.23

Chopin: Polonaise in F sharp minor Op. 44

Georges Enesco: Pavane

Photos

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Calendar

February

12 February 2023
17 February 2023
18 February 2023
21 February 2023
26 February 2023

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Salle Pauline-Julien

Sainte-Geneviève, Québec, Canada

March

11 March 2023
19 March 2023
25 March 2023

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Maison de la musique

Sorel-Tracy, Québec, Canada
26 March 2023

April

2 April 2023

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Washington Performing Arts

Washington, District of Columbia, USA
14 April 2023

May

10 May 2023
11 May 2023
13 May 2023
26 May 2023

Contacts

Agent Canada, United States and Europe   Annick-Patricia Carrière 1 514-529-5717
Agent Asia   Elisabeth Comtois 1 514-273-3093