We just recently announced our line-up for the 42nd season of our SOLO Piano Series, which was completely curated by renowned Canadian pianist and composer Marc-André Hamelin.
In October 2018, we decided that the format for our series would change. The curatorial model allows each guest curator to take the reins for a one-season appointment, and a new guest curator will be chosen for each following season.
“I can think of few experiences as transformative and magical as an evening spent listening to a great pianist. And I am constantly astonished by the diversity of approach and depth of imagination that define the artists of our time. It’s a thrill to have been asked to curate the 2019/2020 season of Portland Piano International,” Mr. Hamelin says in the press release.
Mr. Hamelin will open our 2019-2020 season on SAT / OCT 5 and SUN / OCT 6. He will perform two vastly different programs at 4PM in Lincoln Performance Hall. On SAT / OCT 5, he will perform Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Schumann, Weissenberg, Fauré, and Chopin. On SUN / OCT 6, he will perform Scriabin, Prokofiev, Feinberg, and Debussy.
Also, before each concert from 3:15-3:45pm, join us for a conversation with Bill Crane, our Director of Audience Engagement.
Subscriptions for the 2019-2020 season are now available. General single tickets go on sale on THUR / AUG 1.
October 5 & 6, 2019: Marc-André Hamelin, Canadian
November 16 & 17, 2019: Inon Barnatan, Israeli
January 25 & 26, 2020: Dasol Kim, Korean (PDX Debut)
March 14 & 15, 2020: Anderson & Roe, American
May 2 & 3, 2020: Imogen Cooper, British (PDX Debut)
May 30 & 31, 2020: Jonathan Plowright, British (PDX Debut)
About Marc-André Hamelin
Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivaled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries – in concert and on disc.
The 2018-2019 season includes Mr. Hamelin’s return to Carnegie Hall for a recital on the Keyboard Virtuoso Series plus recitals in Montreal, Seattle, Berlin, Florence, Salzburg, Wigmore Hall, Istanbul, among others. Hamelin appears with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles, Stuttgart and Moscow State Philharmonics, the Vancouver, Cincinnati, and Oregon Symphonies, and tours in Europe with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
He was a distinguished member of the jury of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2017 where each of the 30 competitors performed Hamelin’s “Toccata on L’Homme armé”, which marked the first time the composer of the commissioned work was also a member of the jury. Although primarily a performer, Mr. Hamelin has composed music throughout his career; the majority of his works are published by Edition Peters.
Mr. Hamelin records exclusively for Hyperion Records. His most recent releases are a disc of Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B-Flat Major and Four Impromptus, a landmark disc of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Concerto for Two Pianos with Leif Ove Andsnes, Morton Feldman’s For Bunita Marcus, and Medtner’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski.
He was honored with the 2014 ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of Year (Piano) and Disc of the Year by Diapason Magazine and Classica Magazine for his three-disc set of Busoni: Late Piano Music and an album of his own compositions, Hamelin: Études, which received a 2010 Grammy nomination (his ninth) and a first prize from the German Record Critics’ Association.
Mr. Hamelin makes his home in the Boston area with his wife, Cathy Fuller. Born in Montreal, Marc-André Hamelin is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the German Record Critic’s Association. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.