Marc-André HamelinPiano

Marc-André Hamelin

Saturday, February 8, 2025 |  7:30pm

Herbst TheatreVenue Information


About This Performance

“Hamelin’s legend will grow—right now there is no one like him,” according to The New Yorker. The legendary Canadian piano titan Marc-André Hamelin returns to SF Performances with the type of deliciously eclectic and technically demanding program that consistently affirms his versatile artistry, intelligence, skill, and humor.


HAYDN: Piano Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:37
FRANK ZAPPA: Ruth Is Sleeping
STEFAN WOLPE: Passacaglia
NIKOLAI MEDTNER: Improvisation in B Flat Minor Op. 31 No. 1; Danza festiva, Op. 38 No. 3
RACHMANINOFF: Etude-Tableau Op. 39 No. 5; Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 36 (1931 version)

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Artist Information

Performer Biography

“A performer of near-superhuman technical prowess” (The New York Times), pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivaled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. He regularly performs around the globe with the leading orchestras and conductors of our time and gives recitals at major concert venues and festivals worldwide.

Highlights of Mr. Hamelin’s 2023–24 season include a vast variety of repertoire performed with the Philharmonische Hagen (Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3), Netherlands Radio Philharmonic (Reger’s Piano Concerto), and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (music by Franck and Boulanger). Recital and chamber music appearances take Mr. Hamelin to Prague, Poland, Oslo, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, Portland Piano International, Cleveland Chamber Music Society, Cliburn Concerts and Brevard Music Center with Johannes Moser, and across the U.S. with the Takács Quartet. Festival appearances include Tanglewood, Le Festival de Lanaudière, Grand Teton Music Festival, Tuckamore Festival, Schubertiade, and Rockport Chamber Music Festival.

Mr. Hamelin is an exclusive recording artist for Hyperion Records, where his discography spans more than 70 albums, with notable recordings of a broad range of solo, orchestral, and chamber repertoire. In September 2023, the label released Mr. Hamelin’s recording of Fauré’s Nocturnes and Barcarolles, including the Dolly Suite, Op. 56, played with his wife, Cathy Fuller. In 2022, he released both a two-disc set of C. P. E. Bach’s sonatas and rondos and a two-disc set of William Bolcom’s complete rags that both received wide critical acclaim.

Mr. Hamelin has composed music throughout his career, with over 30 compositions to his name. The majority of those works—including the Etudes and Toccata on “L’homme armé,” commissioned by the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition—are published by Edition Peters. Mr. Hamelin performed his Toccata on “L’homme armé” along with music by C.P.E. Bach and William Bolcom on NPR’s Tiny Desk in 2023. His most recent work, his Piano Quintet, was premiered in August 2022 by himself and the celebrated Dover Quartet at La Jolla Music Society.

Mr. Hamelin makes his home in the Boston area with his wife, Cathy Fuller, a producer and host at Classical WCRB. Born in Montreal, he is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the German Record Critics’ Association and has received 7 Juno Awards, 11 Grammy nominations, and the 2018 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. In December 2020, he was awarded the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry from the Ontario Arts Foundation. Mr. Hamelin is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Artist Video

Marc-André Hamelin Plays Beethoven’s Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier”