Richard-Hamelin Charles

 Richard-Hamelin Charles
Winner of the 2011 Prix d’Europe, Charles Richard-Hamelin is one of today’s most promising Canadian pianists. In 2014, he won the second prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition and the third prize and special award for the best performance of a Beethoven sonata at the Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea. In April 2015, he won the prestigious Career Development Award offered by the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto. Charles Richard-Hamelin is also a member of the celebrated Trio Hochelaga, which has been active since the year 2000.

As a soloist, he has performed with various ensembles including the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain, Korean Symphony Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal, McGill Symphony Orchestra, Lanaudière Sinfonia, Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay- Lac-Saint-Jean and Orchestra Toronto. He also offered several performances for Canadian radio stations including CBC Radio 2, Toronto Classical FM and ICI Radio-Canada Musique. He is also regularly invited to perform at major festivals in Canada (Lanaudière, Orford, Ottawa Chamberfest, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Domaine Forget).

Originally from Lanaudière in Québec, Charles Richard-Hamelin studied with Paul Surdulescu, Richard Raymond, Sara Laimon and Boris Berman. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in performance from McGill University in 2011 and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music in 2013 and received full scholarships in both institutions. Charles Richard-Hamelin is now studying at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with André Laplante.

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