Winner of the Prix d’Europe in 2011, Charles Richard-Hamelin is one of today’s most promising Canadian pianists.Originally from Lanaudière in Québec, Charles began studying piano at age 5 and quickly distinguished himself in various regional, provincial and national competitions. Recently, he won the 1st prize at the TSO National Piano Competition in 2011, the 1st prize at the ARAM Competition in 2010 and the 2nd prize at the Stepping Stone Competition in 2010. Charles also received the 1st prize in the Canadian Music Competition, the McGill Concerto Competition, the Festival de musique classique du Bas-Richelieu and the Festival de musique du Royaume.
Charles has studied with Paul Surdulescu, Richard Raymond and Sara Laimon. He has also worked in master classes with pianists such as Marc Durand, André Laplante, Jean Saulnier, Robert Silverman, Mikhail Rudy, Julian Martin, Peter Frankl and Robert McDonald.
As a soloist with orchestra, Charles has performed with I Musici de Montréal, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the Lanaudière Sinfonia and will soon be on stage with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Charles has also given broadcast performances for Canadian radio stations, including CBC Radio 2, Espace Musique and Classical 96.3FM.
In 2011, Charles received a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, in which he received the Schulich Scholarship. At 22, Charles is now a master’s student at the Yale School of Music with professor Boris Berman.