First prize-winner of the 1985 Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition, Marc-André Hamelin has been called a “super virtuoso” (Harold Schonberg, New York Times) and was described by Carol Bergeron of the Montréal paper Le Devoir as being “Glenn Gould’s only worthy successor.” His London recital debut in January of 1992 earned him unusually passionate reactions from major critics; Paul Griffith’s London Times review was titled “Ultimate Perfection.” Born in Montréal in 1961, Marc-André Hamelin studied at the Vincent d’Indy School of Music, then emigrated to the United States and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Temple University in Philadelphia. His principal teachers were Yvonne Hubert, Harvey Wedeen and Russell Sherman. He has appeared extensively throughout North America, including recitals in Montréal, Toronto, New York and Philadelphia. Concerto performances include the orchestras of Toronto, Québec, Ottawa, Vancouver, Albany, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, the Manhattan Philharmonic, the Riverside Symphony (the latter two in New York City) and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, with which he toured Spain, Portugal and East Germany in 1987. In November of 1989, Marc-André Hame-lin was awarded the Virginia P. Moore prize, the Canada Council’s highest honor.