2019 CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER | Andrew Wan & Charles Richard-Hamelin | | The JUNO Awards

Andrew Wan was named concertmaster of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in 2008. As a soloist, he has performed worldwide under conductors such as Vengerov, Petrenko, Labadie, Rizzi, Oundjian, Stern and DePreist and has appeared in recitals with artists such as the Juilliard String Quartet, Repin, Hamelin, Trifonov, Pressler, Widmann, Ax, Ehnes and Shaham. His discography includes Grammy-nominated and JUNO Award-winning releases with the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Metropolis Ensemble and the New Orford String Quartet. In the fall of 2015, he released a live recording of all three Saint-Saëns violin concertos with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano under the Analekta label to wide critical acclaim, garnering an Opus award and an ADISQ nomination. Silver medalist and winner of the Krystian Zimerman award for the best sonata at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, Charles Richard-Hamelin stands out as one of the most important pianists of his generation. He also won second prize at the Montréal International Musical Competition and third prize and the special award for the best performance of a Beethoven sonata at the Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea. Charles was recently awarded the Order of Arts and Letters of Quebec and the prestigious Career Development Award conferred by the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto.