Mainstage Concerts

The 37th Annual Kilburn Memorial Concert

Tuesday, April 4 at 8p.m. | Convocation Hall
Charles Richard-Hamelin is one of the most brilliant musicians of his generation. In this special concert event, the renowned Canadian pianist performs a mesmerizing repertoire of works by Mozart, Chopin and Schumann.


Charles Richard-Hamelin photo credit E.Delage

  • 1. Bio

    Portrait of Charles Richard-Hamelin at a piano 

    Silver medalist and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman award of the best sonata at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, Charles Richard-Hamelin is standing out as one of the most important pianists of his generation. He also 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 was awarded the prestigious Career Development Award offered by the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto.

    He has appeared in various prestigious festivals including the Prague Spring Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron in France, “Chopin and his Europe” Festival in Warsaw and the Lanaudière Festival in Canada. As a soloist, he has performed with various ensembles including the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, Violons du Roy, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, OFUNAM (Mexico), Korean Symphony Orchestra and I Musici de Montréal. 

    Originally from Lanaudière in Québec, Charles Richard-Hamelin studied with Paul Surdulescu, Sara Laimon, Boris Berman and André Laplante. He is a graduate from McGill University, the Yale School of Music, the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and now works on a regular basis with pianist Jean Saulnier.

    His first solo recording, which features late works by Chopin, was released in September 2015 on the Analekta label and received widespread acclaim from critics throughout the world (Diapason, BBC Music Magazine, Le Devoir) as well as a Felix Award (ADISQ). A second album, recorded live at the Palais Montcalm in Quebec City with music by Beethoven, Enescu and Chopin, was released in the fall of 2016 and also had a very positive welcome.


  • 2. Program

    W. A. Mozart - Fantasy in d minor K. 397

    F. Chopin - Quatre Impromptus

            No. 1 in a flat major op. 29
            No. 2 in f sharp major op. 36
            No. 3 in g flat major op. 51
            No. 4 in c shapr minor “Fantaisie-Impromptu”

    F. Chopin - Polonaise in a flat major op. 53 “Héroïque”


    R. Schumann - Cinq Feuillets d’album (tiré de “Bunte Blätter" op. 99)

            I. Ziemlich langsam
            II. Schnell
            III. Ziemlich langsam, sehr gesangvoll
            IV. Sehr langsam
            V. Langsam

    R. Schumann - Grande Sonate no. 1 en fa dièse mineur op. 11

            I. Introduzione: Un Poco Adagio - Allegro Vivace
            II. Aria
            III. Scherzo e Intermezzo: Allegrissimo
            IV. Finale: Allegro Un Poco Maestoso