The Valley Concert Society is delighted to bring the brilliant Canadian pianist Charles
Richard-Hamelin to the stage of the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium on Friday, February
21, at 7:30 p.m.
Richard-Hamelin rose to international prominence after he won the Silver Medal and the
Krystian Zimerman award for the best sonata at the International Chopin Piano
Competition. It was the best ever result for a Canadian pianist at this prestigious
competition. He also won second prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition
Since then he has appeared around the world at major concert halls and at prestigious
festivals such as the Prague Spring Festival and the “Chopin and his Europe” Festival in
He has performed with some of Canada’s best symphonies such as the Montreal
Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre
Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy. His international appearances include playing with
the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra and the Warsaw
Richard-Hamelin has collaborated with some of the world’s finest conductors including
Kent Nagano, Vasily Petrenko and Carlo Rizzi.
His first recording, which features the late works of Chopin, received widespread
acclaim. His most recent release of Chopin’s Piano Concertos was selected as Album of
the Week last April by Classic FM in London, UK.
The program will open with two Beethoven piano sonatas including the popular
Moonlight Sonata. He won the prize for the best Beethoven Sonata at a competition in
The first half will close with a delightful Fantasia by Mendelssohn.
Charles Richard-Hamelin has become noted as an outstanding interpreter of Chopin’s
music. The second half of the program will feature twelve preludes by the Polish genius
and close with his spectacular Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise.
He will perform on a Steinway Grand Piano generously provided by Tom Lee Music for
Tickets are available online at www.valleyconcertsociety.com at $28 for adults, $15 for