In addition to serving on the jury, renowned pianist and composer Marc-André Hamelin has been commissioned to compose a new work for the 2017 Cliburn Competition, to be performed by all 30 competitors. This marks the first time that the composer of the commissioned work will also serve on the jury. Details on the piece will be released in early 2017, and competitors will receive it no later than March 25, 2017.
Born in Montreal, Marc-André Hamelin is among the elite of world pianists for his unrivaled blend of musicianship and virtuosity in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the neglected music of the 19th and 20th centuries. An acclaimed recitalist and soloist, he has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras and in important venues throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
An exclusive Hyperion Records artist, Mr. Hamelin has released over 50 discs including concertos and solo piano works by such composers as Alkan, Godowsky, and Medtner as well as Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and Shostakovich. For his recordings, Mr. Hamelin has been honored with nine Grammy® nominations, and was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the German Record Critic’s Association.
Although primarily a performer, Mr. Hamelin has composed music throughout his career; his works are published by Edition Peters.
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. In 1989, Mr. Hamelin was awarded the Virginia P. Moore Prize, the highest honor bestowed by the Canadian Arts Council. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.