“When it comes to translating human emotions, the piano is the most perfect instrument that I know,” Marc-André Hamelin says in a recent BBC Music Magazine interview.
Though the article focuses on his recent Proms performance, in which he performed the world premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth’s new Piano Concerto, he also spoke about his career and his love for the lesser-known pieces.
“Right from the beginning, I never sought much career guidance. I did the things I wanted to do. And I think that probably slowed my progress in some ways: a lot of the population isn’t that ready to explore the uncharted corners of the repertoire; the human ear is not naturally wired for dissonance, and of course there’s the fear of the unknown. But I always wanted to make a little dent when it comes to repertoire appreciation,” Mr. Hamelin says in the article.
The article also features his inspiration, his connection to his wife, Cathy, and other insights into his storied career.
“Ultimately a concert for me is an act of sharing,” he said in the article. “I am not there to showcase myself. That would be shallow. There is so much amazing music written for this instrument, and my main desire is to have the public take part in this act of discovery.”