Canadian piano icon closes 30th anniversary season

Alycia Douglass

Published on May 4, 2017

Charles Richard-Hamelin will be concluding the 2016-2017 Cornwall Concert Series.

CORNWALL, Ontario - Charles Richard-Hamelin will be concluding the 2016-2017 Cornwall Concert Series this Saturday, May 6. Regarded as one of the most important pianists of this generation, he was a silver medalist and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman award for the best sonata at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015.

Winning second prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition, Richard-Hamelin also won third prize and special award for the best performance of a Beethoven sonata at the Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea.

Artsfile recently described him as ‘arguably the best and most complete pianist under the age of 30 in Canada,’ stating that ‘his work ethic and consistency have allowed him to maintain the momentum.’

 Having just performed with Les Violons du Roy in Quebec City, the NAC in Ottawa, Richard-Hamelin also participated in Les Moments Musicaux de l’Hermitage in La Baule, France. Following his appearance in Cornwall, he will be playing a concert in Montreal with I Musici; a portrait of the artist Marc Chagall in music.  His latest recording Beethoven, Enescu & Chopin: Works for Piano (Live), was nominated for a Juno award this year.

Not to be missed, this concert entitled Chopin and Romantic Composers, will be held at Aultsville Theatre, 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 6.

Single tickets ($30) for all performances may be purchased in advance (cash or cheque) at these locations: TD Canada Trust, Cornwall Square and Caisse Populaire de Cornwall, 840 Pitt Street.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the evening of the performance based on availability.  For further information, visit

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