The music group Wilton Candlelight Concerts will present the pianist

Wilton Candlelight Concerts will present pianist Marc-André Hamelin on Sunday, March 20 at 4 p.m. at Wilton Congregational Church.

The group will open its 74th season with Hamelin in a program of music by famous composers Bach, Prokofiev, Scriabin and Beethoven.

More information is available by emailing Cortina Learning International Language School Wilton’s Chair and Project Editor, Magdalen Livesey at [email protected]

The current concert season is dedicated to the memory of Wilton resident Margaret Porter Gregory.

Hamelin is “renowned for its new readings of established repertoire and its fearless exploration of lesser-known musical works from the 19th and 20th centuries,” the band said of the pianist in a statement. “He is admired for his brilliant technique and his research and deep thinking approach to everything he plays.”

In recent seasons, Hamelin has performed as a recitalist or guest orchestral soloist in cities such as New York, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Portland and in Quebec, Canada.


He has also performed internationally in Antwerp, Berlin, London, Melbourne, Rotterdam and Milan, among many other cities.

A prolific recording artist, Hamelin has released some fifty compact discs for the Hyperion record label.

The CDs range from musical works by composers Alkan, Ives, Medtner and Roslavets to performances by composers Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms and Chopin.

In 2010, Hamelin joined the ranks of acclaimed composer-pianists on CD by releasing his own inventive songs, 12 Etudes, in all minor keys on the Hyperion label and with publication by music publishing company Edition Peters.

Winner of the Carnegie Hall Competition in 1985, Hamelin was born in Montreal.

He started playing the piano at the age of five, and by the age of nine he had already won first prize in the Canadian Music Competition.

His father, a pharmacist by trade and a passionate pianist, introduced him to the musical works of composers Alkan, Medtner and Sorabji at a very young age.

Hamelin is featured in the book “The Composer-Pianists: Hamelin and the Eight” by author Robert Rimm and previously published by Amadeus Press publishing company.

The concert will take place at 4 p.m. at the Wilton Congregational Church.

The church is located just north of Wilton Center on City Route 33.

Tickets can be obtained at the door for $30.

Seniors are $25. Students are free.

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