André Laplante, piano
"a profoundly introspective experience. Here was a master pianist at the top of his form."
"André Laplante by now can be referred to as Canada's 'national treasure'."
Recently honored as an Officer of the Order of Canada, Laplante's recent and upcoming performances include concertos with the Rochester Philharmonic and the Symphonies of New Jersey, Montréal and Chicago, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, a Russian tour including appearances with the St. Petersburg Symphony, and the Symphonies of Newfoundland, Quebec, Trois Riviere and Sherbrooke. Audiences at the Toronto Summer Music Festival have recently enjoyed Laplante in performances of sonatas and chamber music, and Pro Musica presented André Laplante in recital at Montréal's Place des Artes.
Mr. Laplante's distinguished discography includes his latest, Listz's Années de pèlerinage - Suisse (Years of Pilgrimage - Switzerland). Hailed for his virtuosity and musicianship, Laplante won the Félix Award: Album of the Year for this release.
In recent seasons, Laplante has appeared as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Sir Neville Marriner, and on tour in Europe with the Toronto Symphony under Andrew Davis. His history includes an extensive North American tour with the Royal Philharmonic under the baton of the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin.
The acclaimed pianist has also made a major concert tour of the People's Republic of China, recital tours of the Far East, Australia and North America, and appearances at major music festivals, including the Debussy Festival (France), Pecs Festival (Hungary), Orford Festival (Canada), Cascais Festival (Portugal), Salzburg Festival (Austria), Festival International de Lanaudière (Canada), International Summer Festival (Canada), Domaine Forget (Canada), and the TCU-Van Cliburn Institute (USA). Mr. Laplante performed with the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Malaysia as well as a critically acclaimed appearance with orchestra and quartet in an all French Festival with the Buffalo Philharmonic. He also appeared with the Columbus Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa and Club Musical de Québec, as well as performances with the Toronto, Québec, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Lexington, Pasadena and México City symphonies.
André Laplante's releases on the Analekta label include, in addition to Liszt, works by Ravel and Rachmaninoff, as well as an award winning Brahms album. He has also recorded for CBC and Melodia. His recording of Tchaikovsky No. 1 with Joav Talmi and l'Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, was nominated for the 2001 Felix Award, and his recording of Jacques Hetu's Piano Concerto No. 2 for CBC Records won the 2004 Juno award for orchestral recordings. Laplante has also been honored with two Opus Awards for 1999 live performances: "Best Concert in Montréal" and "Best Concert in Québec Province."
André Laplante has served as a juror of the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, the International Music Festival in Australia, the CBC National Competition (Canada's most prestigious), the Honens International Piano Competition, the William Kapell International Piano Competition and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs.
"His playing today seems more confident, more violent, with the energy and stamina of a much younger man. His sumptuous sound achieves an almost three-dimensional quality, never harsh or uncontrolled even in the most explosively virtuosic passages. Laplante tossed off thundering cascades of octaves and astounding double trills, but also showed tremendous subtly and delicacy, and all that technical skill only serves his intelligent, emotionally unbridled musicality."
"Considering the density of the musical material, one can only marvel at the light touch of the pianist. His fingers danced over the keys. The lines sprung from the keyboard like rockets; the audience greeted the performance triumphantly."
"Laplante is a formidable virtuosity guided by a rare musical intelligence"
Toronto Globe and Mail
"the highlight was Canadian pianist André Laplante's blazing traversal of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3... his hands often look like a one-man ballet troupe.... this performance won a richly deserved standing ovation."
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
"Laplante has an immense technique which he uses only to make points such as are called for. Everything he plays is intensely musical."
The Vancouver Sun
"he translates the notes on the page into memorable musical experiences of great substance"
Winnipeg Free Press
"...brilliantly played by André Laplante...What a tour de force!" [Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 Montreal Symphony Orchestra]
Toronto Globe and Mail
"...bone deep musical sensibility; a perfection of detail in the meaningful context of the whole. Nothing, neglected, nothing inflated, and everything brimming with life....I am in no doubt he (Laplante) is among the master pianists." [Mozart Piano Concerto in A Maj. K 414, Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra]
Toronto Globe and Mail
"Laplante...strode on stage with Lisztian hair and convincing command of a wide range of repertoire...Liszt...perfect for a pianist with the flair and fingers of Laplante"
Fort Worth Star Telegram
"The sweeping power of Laplante and his ability to articulate the melody and accompaniment played simultaneously by the single hand were remarkable." [Ravel Piano Concerto for Left Hand Buffalo Philharmonic]
The Buffalo News
"...such a performance is almost a miracle ... I shall remember for a long time with what effectiveness André Laplante fashioned the sonoric material and succeeded to keep the most forceful passages of an incredible clarity." [Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 L'Orchestre Symphonique de Québec]
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André Laplante Discography