About This Performance
In two decades of performance and partnership with SF Performances, Marc-Andre Hamelin has consistently given recitals that are as illuminating and insightful as they are musically satisfying. He joins our Summer Music Sessions with a newly designed program for the occasion. He’ll be playing a program of CPE Bach, Beethoven and his own piece which will be a World Premiere, Nowhere Fast, joined by the Alexander String Quartet.
CPE BACH: Rondo in C minor, Wq 59/4
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3
HAMELIN: Nowhere Fast for Piano Quintet (featuring the Alexander String Quartet)
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier”
CPE BACH: La Complaisante
James R. Meehan, Individual Sponsor
“A performer of near-superhuman technical prowess” (The New York Times), pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivalled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in the great works of established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of rarities, earning him legendary status as a true icon of the piano.
His concert appearances each year include recitals, orchestral engagements and chamber music collaborations with the leading arts organizations around the globe including a long and special relationship with San Francisco Performances, where he first appeared in 2003.
During the 2020–2021 season he appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the Quebec Symphony in addition to online recitals for the Candlelight Concert Society in Maryland and Peoples Symphony Concerts in New York City. This summer his appearances will include Chamber Music Northwest, the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, San Francisco Performances, and Schubertiade.
An exclusive recording artist for Hyperion Records his impressive discography of more than 60 recordings includes concertos and solo piano works by such composers as Alkan, Brahms, Godowsky, Haydn, Medtner, Liszt, and Shostakovich has garnered eleven Grammy nominations. Upcoming releases in 2022 will feature discs of C.P.E Bach and William Bolcom.
Mr. Hamelin has composed music throughout his career, with nearly 30 compositions to his name, including Toccata on L’Homme armé which was performed by all 30 live competitors at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The majority of his works are published by Edition Peters.
Mr. Hamelin makes his home in the Boston area with his wife, Cathy Fuller. Born in Montreal, Marc-André Hamelin is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the German Record Critics’ Association, the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award in Keyboard Artistry and has received seven Juno Awards. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.