Simply and keenly: MUSIC! 5th concert of the 33rd Summer Concert Festival Return of this young prodi

Wednesday, July 26 2017 at 10 p.m.

Winner of the silver medal and the Krystian Zimerman Prize for the best performance of a sonata at the Frédéric-Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2015, Charles Richard-Hamelin stands out today as one of the pianists of his generation. He also received the second prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition and the third prize and special award for the best performance of a Beethoven sonata at the Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea. He was recently recipient of the prestigious Career Development Award from the Women's Musical Club of Toronto.

He has been the guest of several major festivals such as La Roque-d'Anthéron in France, the Prague Spring Festival, the Chopin and his Europe Festival in Warsaw and the Lanaudière Festival in Canada. As a soloist he has been heard with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Radio Polish, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Orchester Métropolitain de Montréal, OFUNAM (Mexico), the Korean Symphony Orchestra and I Musici de Montréal.

Originally from the Lanaudière region of Quebec, Charles Richard-Hamelin studied with Paul Surdulescu, Sara Laimon, Boris Berman and André Laplante. He received his bachelor's degree at McGill University in 2011, his master's degree at the Yale School of Music in 2013 and received a full scholarship at both institutions. He also obtained an Artist Diploma at the Montreal Conservatory of Music in 2016 and is currently working with pianist Jean Saulnier.

His first solo album, devoted to Chopin's latest works, appeared in September 2015 under the label Analekta and received praise from critics around the world. A second album recorded in concert at the Palais Montcalm in May 2016 appeared in September 2016 under the same label. The artist presents works by Chopin, Beethoven and Enescu, recording for which he has received rave reviews.

Program of the evening: Mozart, Chopin, Babadjanian, Schumann

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