Candlelight Concerts present pianist Hamelin

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin will perform works by Schubert and Medtner as well as his own composition, Barcarolle, on Sunday, Jan. 26, 4 p.m., at Wilton Congregational Church. This is the third concert in the Wilton Candlelight Concerts 2013/2014 season.

“Mr. Hamelin is renowned for his fresh readings of the established repertoire and for his exploration of lesser known works of the 19th and 20th Centuries,” a press release from the concert series said. “He is admired for his brilliant technique and for his deep-thinking approach to everything he plays.”

In recent seasons he has appeared as recitalist or as soloist with orchestras in such cities as New York, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Portland, Quebec, Antwerp, Berlin, London, Melbourne, Rotterdam, and Milan among others. A prolific recording artist, Mr. Hamelin expects to record approximately 50 CDs for the Hyperion label, performing neglected masterpieces by Alkan, Ives, Medtner and Roslavets as well as the music of Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, and Chopin. In 2010, Mr. Hamelin joined the ranks on CD of noted composer-pianists by releasing his own 12 Etudes in all the minor keys on the Hyperion label with publication by Edition Peters.

A Montreal native and winner of the 1985 Carnegie Hall Competition, Mr. Hamelin began to play the piano at the age of five and by the age of nine had already won top prize in the Canadian Music Competition. Mr. Hamelin is featured in the book The Composer-Pianists: Hamelin and the Eight by Robert Rimm, published by Amadeus Press.

Tickets for the Jan. 26 performance may be obtained at the door for $30; $25 for seniors and students; 16 years old and under, free. Candlelight Concerts benefit the Wilton Library Association and accepts individual and corporate tax-deductible contributions.

Information: To be added to the brochure mailing list for the 2014/2015 concert season, call 203-762-3401.