On March 30, 2014, alumnus Charles Richard-Hamelin '13MM was awarded the third prize in the 10th Seoul International Music Competition. He also received the special prize for the Best Performance of a Beethoven Sonata.
In the final round, Richard-Hamelin played Rachmaninov's Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 with the Korean Symphony Orchestra and conductor Yun-Sung Chang. The competition is held annually for piano, violin, and voice, in rotation.
Winner of the 2011 Prix d’Europe, Charles Richard-Hamelin has also won first prize awards at the TSO National Piano Competition and the ARAM competition, as well as second prizes at the Stepping Stone and OSM Standard Life competitions. As a soloist, he has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal, McGill Symphony Orchestra, Launadiere Sonfonia, and Orchestra Toronto, among others.
Originally from Lanaudiere in Quebec, Richard-Hamelin studied piano with Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music. He received his bachelor's degree in performance from McGill University and his master's degree from Yale in 2013. Currently, he is studying at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal with Andre Laplante.
In the 2013-14 season, Richard-Hamelin plays several solo recitals, including one for the Lanaudiere Festival that will be broadcast by Radio-Canada's Espace Musique. Additionally, he will perform Chopin's Second Concerto with I Musici de Montreal and Brahms' Piano Quintet, Op. 34 with violinist Jonathan Crow.