10 must-watch live performances from Marc-André Hamelin

14 March 2024
By Ellie Palmer
From Bach in Russia, to Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody in Tokyo back in 1997... we've chosen 10 of Marc-André Hamelin's most incredible live performances for you to enjoy 👇🏽

Marc-André Hamelin is the cover star for the latest issue of Pianist! Get your copy here.


Tiny Desk Concert with NPR Music

C.P.E. Bach: Rondo in C Minor William | Bolcom: “Graceful Ghost Rag” | Marc-André Hamelin: Toccata on “L’homme armé”

Washington DC, USA 2023

NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts seem to have become the platform that musicians of all genres want to perform on.

The concerts are filmed in the unique setting of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's desk in Washington, and have featured a huge variety of artists including Lewis Capaldi, Usher, Harry Styles, Igor Levit, Sheku Kanneh Mason and many, many more.



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Bach/Busoni, BV B 24: Chaconne

Moscow, Russia 2019

Hamelin live from the famous Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. A must-watch.



Chopin: 'Minute Waltz'

Moscow, Russia 2013

Hamelin returns to the stage and plays Chopin's glorious 'Minute Waltz' for his encore, much to the delight of the audience.



Debussy: Images (Book 1) Reflets Dans L'eau

Vancouver, Canada 2013

A work of art - both from Debussy and Hamelin.



Paganini: Variations on a Theme by Paganini

Vancouver, Canada 2013

Inside Pianist issue 137, Hamelin speaks at length about his love for these Variations. He says, "There’s one variation which is quite unlike the others: it sounds a little bit like flipping between radio stations, just playing with the button, always coming back to the same channel. I tried to mimic that in the music. I remember thinking that I’d gone too far, that nobody’s going to take me seriously, but it turns out to be one of the variations that people like the most."

You can read his full interview inside the issue here.




Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2

Warsaw, Poland 2016

A gigantic performance with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra!



Chopin: Ballade No 3

Gstaad, Switzerland, 2009

A faultless Chopin interpretation here from the Canadian pianist.




Weissenberg: En Avril, à Paris

Gstaad, Switzerland 2009

No words. Just perfection.



Alkan - Le Festin D'Esope, Op 39 No 12 9/14

Stockholm, Sweden 2003

Sit back, relax, and enjoy Hamelin's Alkan interpretation.



Liszt: Un Sospiro

Tokyo, Japan 1997

The top comment under this video says, "We are very privileged to live in a century where you can hear every legend, every piece whenever you want."

And boy do we agree!



Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No 2

Tokyo, Japan 1997

This is taken from the same Tokyo concert as the previous video in this article. That particular audience were very lucky indeed.