Pianists Jonathan Biss and Marc-André Hamelin join New England Conservatory Faculty


By Ellie Palmer

08 September 2021

The pair will join the faculty for the 2021-2022 academic year

The New England Conservatory has announced that pianists Jonathan Biss and Marc-André Hamelin are joining the piano faculty for one-year appointments at the start of the 2021 academic year. Both are renowned for their world-class musicianship, and bring a deep knowledge of piano technique and repertoire to the students at NEC through masterclasses, lessons, and workshops.

Benjamin Sosland, Provost and Dean of Faculty, says, "Jonathan and Marc-André are two of the towering pianists of our time, each of whom exemplifies the cross-section of extraordinary technical skill and probing, insightful artistry. It is an exceptional honour to welcome them to our community, where they will inspire our students and build on NEC's legacy of pianistic excellence." 

Biss, who appeared on the cover of issue 71 of Pianist, is considered one of the great Beethoven interpreters of our time. He was recently named Co-Artistic Director alongside Mitsuko Uchida at the Marlboro Music Festival, where he has spent thirteen summers. He also leads an open online course (MOOC) via Coursera, which has reached more than 150,000 people from nearly every country in the world.

Hamelin is currently a recording artist for Hyperion Records, and his impressive discography of more than 60 recordings includes concertos and works for solo piano by such composers as Alkan, Godowsky, and Medtner, as well as brilliantly received performances of Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and Shostakovich.

Find out more about the New England Conservatory here.