There are blessed encounters so natural and prodigiously productive, musical friendships transcending the works performed, the concrete world, the musical notes, in which grace springs forth. Such is the duo of Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin. After their acclaimed recording of the complete sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven, they make their joint debut at Lanaudière, exploring the lesser-known gems of the great Robert Schumann’s secret treasure trove: his three Sonatas for Violin and Piano.
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.
Concertmaster of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 2008, Andrew Wan is also Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Music Director of the OSM Chamber Soloists, member of the Juno and Opus Award-winning New Orford String Quartet and Music Director of the Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival. His discography, released on the Analekta, Onyx, Bridge, ATMA Classique and Naxos labels, includes collaborations with Charles Richard-Hamelin, the OSM Chamber Soloists and the New Orford String Quartet. His recording of Saint-Saëns’s three Violin Concertos, in concert with Kent Nagano and the OSM, was released in the fall of 2015 on Analekta. Unanimously hailed by critics, this recording won an Opus Prize and a nomination at the ADISQ gala. Mr. Wan plays a 1744 Michel’Angelo Bergonzi violin, graciously loaned to him by patron David Sela and an 1860 Dominique Peccatte bow, loaned by Canimex.