Canadian Piano Sensation Charles Richard-Hamelin Takes the Stage for Concert of Classical Delights

Award-winning Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin makes his debut with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for Chopin Medalist on January 13 & 14 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square.  Making his Canadian debut and leading the Orchestra is conductor Christian Reif. Richard-Hamelin will be performing Mozart’s expansive Piano Concerto No. 20 on a very Classical program that also features Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, the delightful Classical.

Charles Richard-Hamelin has become one of the world’s most sought-after pianists after winning a silver medal and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman award for the best sonata at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition, a prestigious competition held every five years. In 2011 he received a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Performance and in 2013 a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music and has studied with the great pianists Paul Surdulescu, Sara Laimon, Boris Berman and André Laplante. As a soloist, he has performed with various ensembles worldwide including the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra.

German conductor Christian Reif has made a name for himself in the two years since completing a Master of Music in Conducting from Juilliard. Appointed Resident Conductor with the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director of its internationally acclaimed Youth Orchestra, Reif is the recipient of the Charles Schiff Conducting Award for his outstanding achievements at The Juilliard School. He has had success performing contemporary music with the New World Symphony, where he has performed at PULSE events which transform the concert hall into a nightclub. This is Reif’s debut with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.

“I’m very much looking forward to making music with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony,” commented Reif. “The KWS has a very diverse and wonderful program. I’ve only heard great things about the Orchestra and can’t wait to make my conducting debut in Canada with this ensemble!”

CHOPIN MEDALIST runs Jan 13 & 14 at 8 pm at the Centre In the Square, 101 Queen St. N. in Kitchener. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 519-745-4711 or 888-745-4717.

The KWS would like to thank the following sponsors:  Programming Sponsor: Exel Research Inc.; Signature Series Sponsor: The Economical Insurance Group.


Kari Hueber,
Director of Audience Engagement
519-745-4711 ext. 267