Silver medalist and laureate of the Krystian-Zimerman Prize of the best sonata at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, winner of the 2011 Prix d’Europe, Charles Richard-Hamelin is 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, Charles was awarded the prestigious Career Development Award offered by the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto.
As a soloist, Charles has performed with various ensembles including the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Korean Symphony Orchestra and I Musici de Montréal.
Originally from Lanaudière in Québec, Charles Richard-Hamelin studied with Paul Surdulescu, 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. He is now a student of André Laplante at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and also works on a regular basis with Jean Saulnier. His first solo CD, featuring late works by Chopin, was released on the Analekta label in September 2015.