Charles Richard-Hamelin

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Charles Richard-Hamelin stands out on the international music scene as a “highly sensitive” pianist (Gramophone), driven by “a great depth of feeling without the slightest condescension” (Le Devoir). He is recognized as “fluent, multifaceted and tonally seductive… a technician of...

Charles Richard-Hamelin stands out on the international music scene as a “highly sensitive” pianist (Gramophone), driven by “a great depth of feeling without the slightest condescension” (Le Devoir). He is recognized as “fluent, multifaceted and tonally seductive… a technician of exceptional elegance and sophistication” (BBC Music Magazine).

In 2015, he received the Silver Medal at the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and the Krystian Zimerman Prize for best performance of a sonata. He also won Second Prize at the Concours musical international de Montréal and Third Prize and the Special Prize for best performance of a Beethoven sonata at the Seoul International Music Competition, in South Korea.

Charles Richard-Hamelin is in great demand as a guest performer at the world’s greatest classical music festivals, including the International Piano Festival of La Roque d’Anthéron in France, the Prague Spring International Music Festival, the International “Chopin and his Europe” Festival in Warsaw, the Festival International de Lanaudière and the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest. He has worked with renowned conductors, including Rune Bergmann, Kent Nagano, Vasily Petrenko, Jacek Kaspszyk, Aziz Shokhakimov, Peter Oundjian, Jacques Lacombe, Fabien Gabel, Carlo Rizzi, Alexander Prior, Christoph Campestrini, Lan Shui, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Howard Shelley, Antoni Wit and Jonathan Cohen. He has also performed as a soloist with famous orchestras around the world, including the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Québec, Toronto, Edmonton, Warsaw, Singapore and Hiroshima symphony orchestras, as well as the Orchestre Métropolitain, Les Violons du Roy, I Musici de Montréal, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, OFUNAM (Mexico City), the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra, the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia.

Charles Richard-Hamelin has recorded nine albums to this day, all published on the Analekta label. In 2015, he first recorded acclaimed performances of Chopin’s last works. Launched in 2016, his second album brings together works by Beethoven, Enescu and Chopin, recorded in concert at the Palais Montcalm in Québec City. His discography then was enriched by three more CDs, one devoted to the first part of a complete collection of Beethoven violin and piano sonatas, recorded with the solo violinist of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Andrew Wan. His second offering, devoted to Chopin’s two piano concertos, was recorded live in concert at Montréal’s Maison symphonique with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under the direction of Kent Nagano. His most recent collaboration with Les Violons du Roy led to the release of a Mozart album (Piano Concertos Nos. 22 and 24) conducted by Jonathan Cohen. These albums received awards and enthusiastic reviews from the leading music critics. In 2021, the second volume of his complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano with Andrew Wan was released, as well as a new Chopin recital featuring the 24 Preludes, the Andante spianato and the Grande polonaise brillante.

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Reviews

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

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

July

15 July 2022

Charles Richard-Hamelin - La Chapelle du Lac

Fossambault-sur-le-Lac, Québec, Canada
16 July 2022

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Concerts Lachine

Lachine, Québec, Canada
21 July 2022
27 July 2022

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Festival of the Sound

Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada

August

7 August 2022
13 August 2022
15 August 2022
20 August 2022

September

2 September 2022
17 September 2022

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Théâtre de Lac-Brome

Ville de Lac-Brome, Québec, Canada
22 September 2022

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Concerts sur le fleuve

Verdun, Québec, Canada
25 September 2022

Charles Richard-Hamelin - The Vancouver Chopin Society

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
26 September 2022

Charles Richard-Hamelin - The Vancouver Chopin Society

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

October

21 October 2022

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Théâtre Le Patriote

Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Québec, Canada

November

18 November 2022

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Seoul Arts Center

Seoul, Republic of Korea
20 November 2022

Charles Richard-Hamelin

Tongyeong, Republic of Korea
25 November 2022

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Seoul Arts Center

Seoul, Republic of Korea

December

1 December 2022

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Kitara Hall

Sapporo, Japan
6 December 2022

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Minatomirai Concert Hall

Yokohama, Japan
7 December 2022

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall

Tokyo, Japan
10 December 2022

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Higashi-Hiroshima Kurara Hall

Hiroshima, Japan
11 December 2022

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Symphony Hall

Hiroshima, Japan

January

22 January 2023
28 January 2023

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Washington Performing Arts

Washington, District of Columbia, USA

February

4 February 2023

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Kamloops Symphony

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
5 February 2023

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Kamloops Symphony

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
17 February 2023
18 February 2023
26 February 2023

Charles Richard-Hamelin - Salle Pauline-Julien

Sainte-Geneviève, Québec, Canada

March

11 March 2023

April

14 April 2023

May

10 May 2023
11 May 2023
13 May 2023

Contacts

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