Canadian-born pianist Marc-André Hamelin opens Tuesday Musial’s concert season on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall, The University of Akron. Hamelin will perform works of Haydn, Mozart, Liszt, Chopin and Alkan.
Marc-André Hamelin – Short Biography
"Hamelin's legend will grow - right now there is no one like him." - Alex Ross, The New Yorker
"Marc-André Hamelin ranks among the small handful of performers in every generation whose abilities defy the imagination." - John Terauds, Toronto Star
Hamelin, long-known for his bold exploration of unfamiliar pianistic terrain, is equally at home with the established masterworks of Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms & Chopin as he is with the leviathan works of more obscure composers like Alkan, Busoni and Godowsky. His unique blend of musicianship and virtuosity brings forth interpretations remarkable for their freedom, originality, and prodigious mastery of the piano’s resources.
Hamelin is a frequent performer at New York City’s Lincoln Center: with Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra; in recital, for the “Great Performers” series; in chamber concerts with Midori; and playing Haydn and Mozart concerti with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin the Fields.
Recital appearances this season take him to Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, the Washington Performing Arts Society at Strathmore Hall, the Pro Musica Society of Montreal, Music Toronto, Duke Performances and the Tuesday Musical Association of Akron. His European schedule for recitals include performances in Stuttgart, Antwerp, Gstaad, Treviso, Munich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Florence. He also returns to Wigmore Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Mr. Hamelin has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the London Philharmonic, The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Melbourne Symphony and many others in North America, Europe, Australia and the Far East.
Marc-André Hamelin – Recordings
Under exclusive contract with Hyperion Records, Mr. Hamelin has received 8 Grammy nominations including a 2008 nomination for Marc-André Hamelin in a state of jazz (CDA67656). One of his recent solo releases Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 (CDA67710), follows up the critically acclaimed first installment. Hyperion just released a disc of Hamelin’s own compositions, Etudes and other works and to rave reviews. His complete Hyperion discography numbers more than forty albums, and includes concertos and works for solo piano by composers such as Alkan, Busoni, Godowsky, and Medtner, as well as brilliantly received performances of Brahms, Chopin, Haydn, Liszt and Schumann.
Marc-André Hamelin – Awards
Mr. Hamelin was recently presented with a lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik) and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003 and a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec in 2004; he is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
Pre-Concert Talk – 6:30 p.m. - Robert Mayerovitch
Dr. Mayerovitch, Professor of Piano from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, will give the pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm Please arrive early to hear Dr. Mayerovitch’s thoughts on the music and other related topics; the talk is in E.J. Thomas Hall’s auditorium and open to any ticket holder.
Student Tickets – FREE tickets available
Students can attend any Tuesday Musical concert at NO COST by exchanging a voucher for a concert ticket at the Student Ticket Table before each performance (extra vouchers are available at the student ticket table). The Student Ticket Table closes 10 minutes before the performance, but vouchers will still be available and can be redeemed at the Ticket Office window in the ticket office lobby. For more information about these tickets, please call the Tuesday Musical office at 330.761.3460.
Curtain Time - 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices - $40, $35, $22
To purchase single tickets - Call the E.J. Thomas ticket office at 330-972-7570 or TicketMaster at 1-800-745-3000
Concert Sponsor – Akron Community Foundation
Media Sponsors - WKSU FM, 89.7; Ritchie Memorial Foundation; Akron Beacon Journal
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Variations in F minor, H. XVII:6 Joseph Haydn
Sonata in A minor, K. 310 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Venezia e Napoli, Supplement to Book II Franz Liszt
of Années de Pèlerinage: Italie
Nocturne in D-flat major, Op. 27, No. 2 Frédéric Chopin
Symphony for Solo Piano (Études Nos. 4-7 Charles-Valentin Alkan
from the Twelve Études in Minor Keys, Op. 39)