Charles Richard-Hamelin, first prize winner in the WMCT’s Career Development Award competition last April, has won Silver in the 17th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. In addition he won the Krystian Zimerman Prize for best performance of a sonata – Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58. – the same sonata that won him first prize in the CDA competition.
The CDA competition prize includes a concert in Music in the Afternoon. Charles will play in the spring of 2017.
Seong-Jin Cho, of South Korea was the Chopin competition first place winner.
No Canadian has ever reached the final stage of the competition and this year there were two. Toronto-based pianist Tony Yike Yang took fifth prize.
Of Charles’ CDA performance, one juror remarked:
“…one of the finest performances of this work I have ever heard on any professional stage”.