Charles Richard-Hamelin | Photo: Elizabeth Delage
March 24, 20222 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
± 70 minutesno intermission
We have now come to I Musici’s core of great repertoire. Though Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes are sweet, Shostakovich’s Third Quartet adapted by our conductor is filled with energy and intensity, which is part of our orchestra’s DNA! Who better to ask than much-loved pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin and the great trumpetist Stéphane Beaulac to perform Shostakovich’s Double Concerto, a work he composed in his twenties?
— Jean-François Rivest
At Salle Pierre-Mercure of Centre Pierre-Péladeau
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Charles Richard-Hamelin stands out on the international music scene as a “highly sensitive” pianist (Gramophone), driven by “a great depth of feeling without the slightest condescension” (Le Devoir). In 2015, he received the Silver Medal at the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and the Krystian Zimerman Prize for best performance of a sonata. He also won Second Prize at the Concours musical international de Montréal, and Third Prize and the Special Prize for best performance of a Beethoven sonata at the Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea.
Richard-Hamelin has worked with such renowned conductors as Alexander Prior, Kent Nagano, and Jean-Marie Zeitouni, and performed as a soloist with notable orchestras around the world. Richard-Hamelin has recorded eight albums to date, all on the Analekta label.
Trumpet player in high demand on the Canadian scene, Stéphane Beaulac has held the position of solo trumpet of the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal since 2002.
From 2014 to 2017, he was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra as third trumpet.
In addition, he has been invited to fill various positions in orchestras across Canada and Asia, including solo trumpet of the Seoul Philharmonic, Associate Principal Trumpet with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Second Trumpet with the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa. As a freelancer, he is frequently invited to join the ranks of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Center Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, having played under the baton of renowned conductors such as Yannick Nézet- Séguin, Gustavo Dudamel, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Harding, Semyon Bychkov, Herbert Bloomstedt Rafael Payare and Kent Nagano. He had the opportunity to work with composers such as Thomas Ades and John Adams as well as the famous film music composer John Williams.
As a soloist, Mr. Beaulac has played various concertos with the Orchestre Métropolitain, I Musici de Montréal, the Drummundville Symphony orchestra and the Hannaford Street Silver Band. In the spring of 2019, he premiered Stacey Brown’s trumpet concerto with the Orchestre Métropolitain. He has participated in numerous recordings, notably with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchester Métropolitain, as well as a CD recording in 2006 with the organist Vincent Boucher on the Atma label.
Mr. Beaulac also enjoys a rich career as a pedagogue, teaching at the Université de Montréal and at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, and has been a faculty member at Domaine Forget and the World Trumpet Society.
Liebeslieder Walzer (Hermann), nos. 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 11, and 17
Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Trumpet
Quartet No. 3 (percussion adaptation by Jean-François Rivest)
Julie Triquet plays a Giuseppe Odoardi 1726 violin generously loaned by Mr. David B. Sela.Amélie Benoit Bastien plays a Nicolas Vuillaume 1850 violin and a bow by Sartory generously loaned by CANIMEX.Annie Guénette plays a Joseph Gagliano 1768 violin and a bow by Lamy generously loaned by CANIMEX.Tim Halliday plays a Mira Gruszowand Gideon Baumblatt’s Kolia cello (2014), generously loaned by Mr. David B. Sela