Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivalled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in the great works of his established repertoire as well as for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries – in concert and on disc.
He was a distinguished member of the jury of the 15th Van Cliburn Competition in 2017 where each of the 30 competitors in the Preliminary Round were required to perform Hamelin’s "Toccata on L’Homme armé," which marked the first time the composer of the commissioned work was also a member of the jury.
Although primarily a performer, Hamelin has composed music throughout his career with the majority of his works being published by Edition Peters. Hamelin records exclusively for Hyperion Records with a discography of over sixty recordings including concertos and works for solo piano by such composers as Alkan, Godowsky and Medtner, as well as brilliantly received performances of Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and Shostakovich. Born in Montreal, Marc-André Hamelin now resides in Boston and is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.