Mozart and Chopin: titans, shining stars in the musical firmament. Mozart, the epitome of classicism in music, attains emotional and visionary heights when he chooses to probe the riches of the C minor key. Chopin, the supreme embodiment of Romanticism and absolute master of the miniature, melds melody with exquisite feeling. Charles Richard-Hamelin gives them both to us in turn, revealing universes of emotion.
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.
Charles Richard-Hamelin is in great demand as a guest performer at the world’s greatest classical music festivals. He has also worked with renowned conductors, including 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 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, the Calgary Philharmonic, OFUNAM (Mexico City), the Kraków Philharmonic, the Poznań Philharmonic and Sinfonia Varsovia.
Charles Richard-Hamelin has recorded eight albums to this day, all published on the Analekta label.