Canadian pianist André Laplante is a firmly established virtuoso of the great romantic repertoire. He garnered international attention after winning prizes at the Geneva and Sydney International Piano Competitions, then capturing the silver medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Critics have compared him with Ashkenazy, Horowitz and Rudolph Serkin, placing him in the elite circle of virtuoso pianists who do not hesitate to take risks.
Over the last years, Laplante appeared with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Sir Neville Marriner, on tour in Europe with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra led by Andrew Davis and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin on an extensive North American tour.
Recent seasons highlights also included a major concert tour of China, recital tours of the Far East, Australia and North America. He was a guest at major festivals, such as Debussy (France), Pecs (Hungary), Casals (Portugal), Salzburg (Austria), TCU-Van Cliburn Institute (USA), Orford, Lanaudière, Quebec and Domaine Forget in Canada. Mr. Laplante performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic in a critically acclaimed performance in an all French Festival. He also appeared with the Québec, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Columbus, Lexington, Pasadena and México City orchestras.
André Laplante served as a juror on the panels of the Tchaikovsky, William Kapell and Honens international piano competitions, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, the Australian International Music Festival and the CBC National Competition.
A regular recipient of Quebec Opus Awards, Mr. Laplante has received two in 1999 for live performances “Best Concert in Montréal” and “Best Concert in the province of Quebec», and “Best Performer of the Year” in 2005. His performance of Jacques Hétu’s Second Piano Concerto won the Juno award for “Classical Album of the Year – Concerto”, as well as the Western Canadian Music Award in 2004. He was appointed as an Officer to the Order of Canada in 2005.
An active recording artist, his performance on the Analekta label of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with Yoav Talmi and the Orchestre symphonique de Québec was nominated for the 2001 Felix Awards. Other André Laplante’s releases include recording dedicated to the work of Liszt, Ravel, Rachmaninov and Brahms. A 2008 Gramophone review of the latest conferred it a “Top Recommendation”, comparing Laplante’s playing to Michelangeli and Richter at their apex.