119 Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

MAY 4, 2017 | 1.30  PM

Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park

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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 prestigious Career Development Award offered by the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto in April 2015. Also Silver medalist, and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman award for the best sonata, at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, M. Richard-Hamelin is rapidly becoming one of the most important pianists of his generation. Previously M. Richard-Hamelin 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

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