Yamaha Artists

Charles Richard-HamelinCharles Richard-Hamelin

Silver medalist and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman award of the best sonata at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, Charles Richard-Hamelin is one of the most important pianists of his generation. He also won the second prize at the 2014 Montreal International Musical Competition, and the third prize and special award for the best performance of a Beethoven sonata at the 2014 Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea. In April 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Career Development Award offered by the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto.

As a soloist, Charles has performed with various ensembles including the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Korean Symphony Orchestra and I Musici de Montréal. Originally from Lanaudière in Québec, Charles Richard-Hamelin studied with Paul Surdulescu, Sara Laimon and Boris Berman. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in performance from McGill University in 2011 and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music in 2013, and received full scholarships in both institutions. He is now a student of André Laplante at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and also works on a regular basis with Jean Saulnier. His first solo CD, which features late works by Chopin, was released by Analekta label in September 2015, and CBC Music named it among the 10 Best releases of the year. His 2nd recording will be released late 2016. (Biography as of July 2016)

Colin WiebeColin Wiebe

Colin Arthur Wiebe is a singer / songwriter / entrepreneur from Vancouver BC, Canada. Colin has 4 nationally released CD’s and is best known for as the lead singer, keyboardist and guitarist for Canadian rock legend, Randy Bachman of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive for almost two decades.

Colin is also the Musical Director for the Legends of Rock’n’Roll and plays both Yamaha keyboards and guitars. When writing for film or producing his own music in the studio, Colin uses a Limited Edition, Motif XF8 as part of his recording workflow. For live performances, Colin has relied on Yamaha keyboards exclusively and plays a CPX acoustic and an AES 1500 electric guitar.

“I started playing a Yamaha CP-80 Electric Grand in the 1980’s and then played an S-70, S-90 and S-90ES which you can see in most of my live videos. I still like touring with my S-90 which doesn’t weigh as much as the Motif. I play the Motif on larger shows especially when backline is provided because most rental companies can supply a Motif. I love the Yamaha piano sound, most likely because I grew up learning on a Yamaha C7 Grand Piano and I have a Yamaha MX100A Upright Grand in my home.”

Colin lives in Vancouver BC with his wife and two daughters and has a new album due in 2018.

Cyprien Katsaris

Cyprien Katsaris

Born in France in 1951. Graduated from the Paris Conservatoire with top honors. In addition to receiving the Albert Roussel Foundation Prize in Paris and winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970, he also was a prize-winner at the 1972 Queen Elizabeth International Music Competition of Belgium and won the First Prize in the International Cziffra Competition in 1974, thereby establishing his reputation as an international musician.

Celebrated as a genius since studying at the Paris Conservatoire, Katsaris is actively performing globally as a pianist possessing both unparalleled technique and an emotional, rich and poetic power of expression. He also records on his own Piano 21 label.

David Foster

David Foster

To say that everything David Foster touches turns to gold AND usually platinum would be an understatement. The stunningly talented producer and songwriter is a 14-time Grammy Award winner with an unprecedented 43 nominations, a recipient of 7 Juno Awards, an Emmy Award in 2004 and a three time Oscar nominee during the course of a magnificent career which spans over three extraordinarily successful decades. He has worked with the biggest and best talents in the music industry including Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Madonna, N’Sync, The Corrs, Natalie Cole…. and he’s just getting started!

Foster’s producing and writing talents hold equal importance to his commitment to giving back to the community and children’s advocacy, The David Foster Foundation which was established in l986 has raised several million dollars to assist families of children in need of organ transplants, primarily in Western Canada. Additionally, he has lent his musical skills to well over 300 charitable events and organizations over the last decade including the Andre Agassi Foundation, Race to Erase MS, Muhammad Ali’s Fight Night Foundation, CapCure Prostate Cancer Research Foundation, Malibu High School Scholarship Program, The Carousel Ball and Cedars-Sinai Research for Women’s Cancer, amongst many others.

Hiromi Uehara

Hiromi Uehara

Hiromi, a pianist and composer, was born in Shizuoka, Japan, in 1979. At the age of 6, she started playing the piano and became a student of the Yamaha Music School to learn composing. In 1999, Hiromi went to the United States to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2003, she made her worldwide debut, releasing her first album on the Telarc label titled “Another Mind” produced by Ahmad Jamal and Richard Evans. In 2007, she performed with legendary pianist and mentor Chick Corea in Tokyo. This live performance recorded on Chick’s double album “Duet” was released in 2009 and attracted attention among music fans.

Hiromi also collaborated with bassist Stanley Clarke for the album “Jazz in the Garden” by the Stanley Clarke Trio, featuring her and drummer Lenny White. In 2011, Hiromi was featured with The Stanley Clarke Band. The band’s album of the same name won the 53rd Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category. In 2011, she released the album “Voice”, assembling a trio that included herself and veteran players contra-bass guitarist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips. In 2013, Hiromi released the latest album “MOVE” under the same trio project as “Voice”. The album also has an overriding theme, which she describes as “time in one day,” explaining, “You wake up and go to work and then hang out. The album is like a soundtrack for a day.”

Jamie Cullum

Jamie Cullum

Jamie is the most successful UK jazz artist of all time and effortlessly combines his hectic recording, writing and touring schedule with life as an award-winning broadcaster on BBC Radio 2, the most highly rated station in Europe. Already this year he has scooped the top prize at the Radio Academy Awards with a gold award, as well as the Jazz Media award at London’s prestigious Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Jamie’s busy broadcasting career keeps him in the vanguard of emerging and established jazz musicians. Jamie’s ever expanding haul of awards and nominations now includes a Grammy, two Golden Globes and two Brit awards. He is also gaining notoriety as a literary publisher, having recently launched the critically acclaimed lifestyle magazine ‘Eighty Eight’.

In 2013 Jamie released his sixth album ‘Momentum’ and embarked on a worldwide tour that continues throughout 2014, playing to capacity audiences throughout Europe, Japan, South East Asia, the USA and South America.

Jamie is one of Yamaha’s most high profile and prolific piano artists. He has worked closely with Yamaha on a wide range of powerful educational projects aimed at introducing people to his passion: the piano. He is currently putting the finishing touches to his seventh album, scheduled for release in the winter of 2014.

Jamie comments, “My favourite Yamaha piano is the S6. It has exactly the right size of sound for what I do. At times I am not a gentle player, and this piano holds its tuning very well throughout an entire gig. When necessary you can really caress the S6 and coax very gentle sounds out of it. When it needs to hold its own amongst the clatter of drums and guitars it sings out powerfully. I play one on stage and in the studio – it’s my perfect piano!”

Maria Joao Pires

Maria João Pires

Maria João Pires was born in Lisbon in 1944. She made her first public performance at the age of seven with Mozart’s Piano Concertos in Oporto, Portugal. At the age of nine she received Portugal’s highest award for young musicians just one year later.

From 1953 until 1960 she studied at the Lisbon Conservatory with Professor Campos Coelho and took courses in composition, theory, and history of music with Francine Benoit. She continued her studies in Germany, first at the Munich Music Academy with Rosl Schmid, then in Hanover with Karl Engel. Maria João Pires has appeared all over the globe with all the major orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, and the Wiener Philharmoniker. She is also a keen performer of chamber music. In recent years she has been heard at all the major international festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Schubertiade, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Montpellier, Lucerne, Edinburgh and BBC Proms.

Nikolay Khozyainov

Nikolay Khozyainov

Born in Blagoveshchensk, a city in Russian Far East in July of 1992, Nikolay Khozyainov began to play the piano at the age of five. He studied at Central Musical School of the Moscow P.I.Tchaikovsky Conservatory (1999-2010). Nikolay studied with Yury Lisichenko. Since 2005 he is a pupil of professor Mikhail Voskresensky. Nikolay is a student of Moscow Conservatory since 2010. Nikolay was awarded: -1st Prize and Special Prize for the best performance of “Rondo-Capriccioso” by F. Mendelssohn at the International Piano Competition “Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte”(Czech Republic, 2003), -1st Prize at the IX International Carl Filtsch Piano Competition (Romania, 2004), -2nd prize at the VI Moscow International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition for young pianists in Moscow, special prize “for the best performance of miniatures” (2008). Nikolay Khozyainov was the youngest finalist of the XVI International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland (October 2010). His mature and sensitive artistry has impressed public, music lovers and observers. He got excellent critics as the very good interpreter of Chopin`s music. -In 2012, Nikolay has won the 1st prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition 2012 . -In 2012, Nikolay was awarded the 2nd prize and People”s choice prize at the 10th Sydney International Piano Competition. He also got the following special prizes: “For the best performance of both Concertos voted by members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra”, “For the best performance of a work by Liszt”, “For the best performance of a work by Schubert”, “For the best performance of a virtuoso study”, “For the youngest finalist”.

Nikolay has performed in renowned concert halls of Russia, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, USA, Japan and others. He also often appears in concerts with orchestras, including Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011, CD Accord released Nikolay’s Khozyainov’s CD (worldwide distributor Naxos) consisting works by Chopin and Liszt. In 2012, the Nikolay’s his another CD was released by Chopin Institute in Warsaw consisting works by Chopin. In October 2012 the next CD by Nikolay was released by JVC Victor in Japan.

Pascal Devoyon

Pascal Devoyon

Recipient of top awards at Viotti, Busoni and Leeds competitions, Pascal Devoyon became known throughout the world when he received the Silver medal at the 1978 Tchaikovsky competition, the highest prize ever won by a French pianist at this prestigious competition.

Devoyon has performed with major orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony and Japan’s NHK Symphony, and has given highly acclaimed recitals at the Carnegie Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. His repertoire is extensive and includes the complete Beethoven sonata cycle, major twentieth century composers such as Bartok and Messiaen and numerous works by contemporary composers.

Since 1999, he has been artistic director of one of the biggest music festivals in Europe, MusicAlp in Tignes, together with the violinist Dong-Suk Kang.

In 1996 Pascal Devoyon was appointed Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. He is teaching as well in the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Toho Gakuen School in Tokyo.