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Next Concert: CDA winner Charles Richard-Hamelin returns.

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Charles Richard-Hamelin
May 4, 2017 | 1:30 pm
Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park


Mozart – Fantasy in D minor K. 397
Chopin – Four Impromptus
Arno Babadjanian – Elegy (In memory of Aram Khachaturian) – Prelude and Vagharshapat Dance – Impromptu – Capriccio
Chopin – Three Mazurkas Op. 59
Schumann – Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 11

Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin was awarded the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto’s prestigious Career Development Award in April 2015 and that spring went on to become Silver medalist, and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman award for the best sonata, at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. M. Richard-Hamelin is rapidly becoming one of the most important pianists of his generation. Previously he was a prizewinner at the Montreal International Musical Competition and at the Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea, where he also received the special award for the performance of a Beethoven sonata.

As soloist, M. Richard-Hamelin has performed with orchestras including the Warsaw Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Poznan Philharmonic, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal and the Korean Symphony. His first solo CD, which features late works by Chopin, was recently released on the Analekta label.
“The man is every inch an artist, an extraordinarily mature musician who focuses on the beauty of Chopin’s works. He is one of the few who can find a wise balance between the spirit of Chopin and his own individuality”
Róża Światczyńska, Polish Radio 2

Charles Richard-Hamelin Website

Classical 96.3 interview: listen to Bill Anderson in conversation
with Charles Richard-Hamelin on Wednesday May 3rd at 1:30 pm.

This recital will be recorded by the CBC, the WMCT’s partner in the Career Development Award.

Music in the Afternoon

Music in the Afternoon is a five-concert series of classical chamber music featuring a dynamic combination of Canadian musicians and international artists, established performers and soon-to-be greats. Renowned for presenting music of the highest quality, WMCT concerts encompass a wide of range of voices and instruments, in repertoire from the Baroque and Classical periods to the 21st century.

See the 2017-2018 series on Next Season page.

Just one concert remaining in the 2016-2017 concert series!

  • October 6, 2016 — Issachah Savage, tenor* — A big new voice, in the WMCT’s long-established tradition of significant discoveries
  • November 24, 2016 — James Sommerville, French horn, with Scott St. John, violin, Peter Longworth, piano — Canadian performing artists, with a new work by Vivian Fung commissioned by the WMCT
  • March 9, 2017 — Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch* — A mini-history of the piano trio from a distinguished international ensemble
  • April 6, 2017 — Aizuri Quartet* —  An exciting young ensemble performs youthful works by composers of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries
  • May 4, 2017 — Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano — Our 2015 Career Development Award Winner returns

*Toronto Recital Debut

Concerts take place Thursday afternoons at 1.30 pm in Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park (Museum Subway).

Purchase tickets and subscribe by phone 416-923-7052 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 am to 3 pm.