Bourgie Hall presents

Andrew Wan, violin – Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

Among the most celebrated musicians of their generation, Charles Richard-Hamelin and Andrew Wan need no introduction. They are also long-time collaborators who love to share their joy of making music together with their delightful blend of lyricism, virtuosity, and musical expression. Their second album of Beethoven’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Sonatas garnered the 2022 Juno award for Best Classical Recording for Small Ensemble. Their latest recording features the sonatas for violin and piano by Robert Schumann. On the program this night: three magnificent sonatas from the Romantic repertoire for violin and piano by Brahms, Franck and Medtner.

Andrew Wan, violin

Andrew Wan was named concertmaster of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) in 2008. As soloist, he has performed worldwide under conductors such as Rafael Payare, Kent Nagano, Maxim Vengerov, Vasily Petrenko, Bernard Labadie, Carlo Rizzi, Peter Oundjian, Xian Zhang, Michael Stern and James DePreist. He has played chamber music with artists such as the Juilliard Quartet, Vadim Repin, Marc-André Hamelin, Daniil Trifonov, Menahem Pressler, Jörg Widmann, Emanuel Ax, Johannes Moser, Arabella Steinbacher, James Ehnes, and Gil Shaham as a frequent artist at the Seattle Chamber Music, La Jolla Summerfest, Ottawa Chamberfest, Toronto Summer Music, Orford Musique, St. Prex, Colorado College and Olympic festivals. Wan performs regularly as guest concertmaster for the Pittsburgh, Houston, Indianapolis, National Arts Centre, Toronto and Vancouver Symphony orchestras.

Wan’s discography includes Grammy-nominated and Juno, Felix and Opus award-winning releases on the Analekta, Onyx, Bridge, and Naxos labels with the Seattle Chamber Music Society, New York’s Metropolis Ensemble, Charles Richard-Hamelin and the New Orford String Quartet. In the fall of 2015, he released a live recording of all three Saint-Saëns violin concerti with the OSM and Kent Nagano under the Analekta label to wide critical acclaim. His recent live album of works for violin and orchestra by Bernstein, Moussa and Ginastera with Nagano and the OSM won the 2021 Juno award for Best Classical Recording for Large Ensemble.

Wan graduated from The Juilliard School with Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees and is currently a member of the New Orford String Quartet, Associate Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, Artistic Director of the Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival and for the 2017-18 season was Artistic Partner of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, he won the Part-Time Teaching Award at the Schulich School of Music.

Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

Silver medalist and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman Prize at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin is standing out today as one of the most important musicians of his generation. In 2014, he also won the second prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition and the third prize at the Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea. Charles is the recipient of the Order of Arts and Letters of Quebec and the prestigious Career Development Award offered by the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto.

Charles Richard-Hamelin has recorded over ten albums to this day, all published on the Analekta label. Five of these are dedicated primarily to the solo piano works of Frédéric Chopin. He has also recorded concertante works – both Chopin piano concertos with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal conducted by Kent Nagano and Mozart’s piano concertos nos. 22 and 24 with the Violons du Roy conducted by Jonathan Cohen. His recordings have earned several Félix (ADISQ) and one JUNO (2022) awards and received widespread acclaim from critics around the world.

BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100
MEDTNER Violin Sonata No. 1 in B minor, Op. 21
FRANCK Violin Sonata in A major

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 7:30pm
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