Press Release: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Friday, May 5, 2017, 8pm — NEC’s Jordan Hall

For Immediate Release
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(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present pianist Marc-André Hamelin on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 8pm at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA. This performance is sponsored by John Patterson and Michelle Demarest and  is an Aaron Richmond Recital endowed by Nancy Richmond Winsten and the late Dr. Joseph Winsten. Media Partner is 99.5 WCRB.

Tickets start at $35, and are available online at, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at NEC’s Jordan Hall Box Office, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA.

This performance marks the sixth Celebrity Series performance for Marc-André Hamelin; he made his Celebrity Series debut in 2008 and was seen most recently in 2014 in a three-part series.

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is ranked among the best of the world’s pianists for his unrivalled blend of musicianship and virtuosity 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 – in concert and on disc.

Mr. Hamelin’s orchestral engagements this season include weeks with the Montréal and Minnesota orchestras, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Bayerische Staatsorchester, the NDR Hanover and the symphony orchestras in Gothenburg, Oregon, Bologna, Montpellier, and the Warsaw Philharmonic. He has additional recitals around the United States, Canada, and Europe, and he ventures to China for a set of recitals at the Shanghai Concert Hall. He also tours with the Pacifica Quartet, playing the world premiere of his own string quintet, commissioned by the Segerstrom Center in Orange County, CA, and concludes the season as a juror at the Cliburn Piano Competition, for which he has been commissioned to write the obligatory solo work for the contestants.

In recognition of his remarkable discography, Mr. Hamelin was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in June 2015, and in 2006 he was awarded the lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Award. Mr. Hamelin has recorded some 70 CDs for the Hyperion label, most recently a double disc of Mozart Sonatas and two recordings with the Takács Quartet featuring the piano quintets by Shostakovich and Leo Ornstein.

Hamelin began to play the piano at the age of five, and by the age of nine had already won top prize in the Canadian Music Competition. Mr. Hamelin’s father, a pharmacist by trade who was also a gifted amateur pianist, had introduced him to the works of Alkan, Medtner, and Sorabji when he was still very young. Hamelin studied at the École Vincent d’Indy in Montreal and then at Temple University in Philadelphia, and he was the winner of the 1985 Carnegie Hall Competition. An Officer of the Order of Canada since 2003 and a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec since 2004, Mr. Hamelin is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada and features prominently in the book The Composer-Pianists: Hamelin and the Eight by Robert Rimm, published by Amadeus Press. Mr. Hamelin makes his home in the Boston area.

HAYDN: Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 48
SAMUIL FEINBERG: Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 2
SAMUIL FEINBERG: Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 1
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”
SCRIABIN: Sonata No. 7, Op. 64, “White Mass”
CHOPIN: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 3

Program is subject to change.

About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 78-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.

The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 78 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere.

The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger, the Barr Foundation, Leslie & Howard Appleby, the Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, Donna & Mike Egan, Foley & Lardner LLP, Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda, David & Harriet Griesinger, Zachary Haroutunian and the Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, Paul L. King, the Liberty Mutual Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Joseph McNay, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, The Peabody Foundation, PTC, the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, the Stifler Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Henri A. Termeer, Michael and Susan Thonis, Tufts Health Plan, Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma, Nancy Richmond Winsten, Anonymous, and many others.
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