Fifth Yamaha International Piano Series continues at Malvern Theatres with Marc-André Hamelin

2/11/2012 [About Yamaha]

The fifth season of the popular Yamaha International Piano series at Malvern Theatres that coincides with Yamaha’s 125th Anniversary year of celebrations continues on Friday 23rd November 2012 with a recital by French Canadian virtuoso pianist Marc-André Hamelin, who will perform an inspiring programme of works by Bach, Fauré, Ravel and Liszt.

Describing Marc-André Hamelin as, ‘never flamboyant or showy’ BBC Music Magazine’s review of his performance at last year’s BBC Proms stated, ‘his playing is all about the music. And so to watch him play Liszt – music that shows all the hallmarks of a showman – is to watch a masterclass in modesty of gesture.... This will undoubtedly stand up as one of this year’s outstanding concerts.’   
The fifth season of the hugely successful series, that debuted last month with a recital by Joanna MacGregor, features Freddy Kempf on 21st February and culminates on 8th March 2013 with a performance by Steven Osborne. Previous seasons have included sellout concerts by internationally acclaimed pianists, Steven Kovacevich, François-Frédéric Guy, Paul Lewis, Peter Donohoe, John Lill, Noriko Ogawa, Nikolai Demidenko, Angela Hewitt, Freddy Kempf, Stephen Hough, HJ Lim, Benjamin Grosvenor, Artur Pizarro and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

All artists for the fifth Yamaha International Piano Series will be playing Yamaha’s CFX Grand that has redefined Yamaha's reputation on concert platforms throughout the world and was the choice of the winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2010, its year of introduction.

Marc-André Hamelin’s startlingly original blend of musicianship and virtuosity has earned him legendary status as a true avatar of the piano. Long known for his matchless exploration of unfamiliar pianistic terrain, he is now recognized worldwide for the originality and technical brilliance of his performances of the classic repertoire. He has appeared as guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montréal Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and many others. Writing in The New Yorker, senior critic Alex Ross pronounced: ‘Hamelin’s legend will grow—right now there is no one like him.’

Marc-André Hamelin is heard as recitalist throughout the United States and his native Canada, as well as in Europe, Australia and the Far East. Recently he was presented with a rarely bestowed lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critics’ Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik). He has recorded some fifty CDs for Hyperion, including concertos by Alkan, Bernstein, Bolcom, Henselt, Korngold, Joseph Marx, Reger, Rubinstein and Scharwenka, and works for solo piano by (among others) Albéniz, Alkan, Chopin, Haydn, Liszt, Medtner, Reger and Schumann. His long-awaited recording of his own Études in all the minor keys was triumphantly received.

A resident of Boston, Marc-André Hamelin was honoured to be made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003 and a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec in 2004; he is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Malvern Theatres marketing director Fred Moroni said, “Malvern Theatres congratulates Yamaha on its 125th anniversary and is once again grateful for its support, which has helped secure a distinguished line up of internationally renowned pianists. We sincerely hope this wonderful partnership with Yamaha will continue to bring the very best pianists here for many years to come.”

Ticket prices: £14 - £21

Starts: 7.30 pm Venue: Forum Theatre

Recitals are now available for booking. For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit or call the box office on 01684 892277.

Marc-André Hamelin’s full programme is as follows:

Bach: Organ Fantasy and Fugue in G minor BWV 542
Fauré - Impromptu No. 2 in F minor, Op. 31
Fauré - Barcarolle No. 3 in G-flat major, Op. 42
Ravel - Gaspard de la nuit
LISZT: 'Nuages gris' S199
LISZT: Sonata for Piano in B minor, S178

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