Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Born: 5th September 1961, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Artist's website: https://www.marcandrehamelin.com/
Marc-André Hamelin, OC, CQ is a Canadian virtuoso pianist and composer. Hamelin is recognized worldwide for the originality and technical proficiency of his performances of the classic repertoire. He has received 11 Grammy Award nominations.
Further Reading: Marc-André Hamelin
The Canadian pianist is on jaw-dropping form in a programme inspired by the 1837 'duel' between the two composer-virtuosos, which also includes the mighty collaborative Hexaméron - a set of variations on Bellini by composers including Chopin, Czerny and Pixis.
David listens to the Takács Quartet's stirring account of Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 2, joined by Marc-André Hamelin for his Piano Quintet.