Canadian pianist André Laplante is firmly established as one of the great romantic virtuosos. 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.

“a profoundly introspective experience. Here was a master pianist at the top of his form.” Toronto Star

“André Laplante by now can be referred to as Canada’s ‘national treasure’.” TheWholenote.com

In demand for his artistry as a concerto soloist, recitalist and for chamber music programming as well, Mr. Laplante has a busy schedule beyond his work in the recording studio. Recent engagements have included concerto appearances with the symphonies of Montreal, Winnipeg, Quebec, Rochester, New Jersey and Toronto, with which he made a tour under the baton of Peter Oundjian. He has also appeared with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center, the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Sir Neville Mariner, on tour in Europe with the Toronto Symphony under Andrew Davis and with the Royal Philharmonic under the baton of the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin during their extensive North American tour. 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.

With his acclaimed colleagues, violinist Mayumi Seiler and cellist Colin Carr, André Laplante has formed the Laplante-Seiler-Carr Trio. The ensemble will make its debut summer festival tour in 2019 followed by engagements at the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montréal and Calgary Pro Musica in the fall. In addition to his trio, he has collaborated with acclaimed artists such as cellist Matt Haimovitz, violinist Augustin Dumay, and the New York Chamber Soloists for the Trout Quintet at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, among many other chamber music engagements.

Recent seasons have also included recital tours of the Far East, Australia and North America from Vancouver to Orlando, repeated tours in Asia, 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 is a Canadian artist who maintains a commitment to serve the musical life of Canada including work with the wide range of Canadian orchestras. In March 2019, Laplante appears with the Orchestre de Symphonique Trois Rivièrs performing the five Beethoven piano concerto cycle in two concerts. Of his Beethoven #5 with the Toronto Symphony, the Globe and Mail wrote “Many gifted and highly trained virtuosi can manage the Emperor Concerto, but few can fulfill it with the lofty command and perfect discretion of Laplante.” The noted American-Swiss conductor Stephen Smith will be on the podium.

André Laplante has served as a juror of the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, the International Music Festival in Australia, the CBC National Competition, the Honens International Piano Competition, and the William Kapell International Piano Competition.
An active recording artist, André Laplante’s releases on the Analekta label include works by Ravel and Rachmaninov, an award-winning Brahms album (Félix 1996), and a Liszt recording (Félix 1995) which was voted best solo classical album of the year by the Toronto Star. He has also recorded for CBC and Melodia: his performance of Jacques Hetu’s Piano Concerto No. 2 for CBC Records won the 2004 Juno award for orchestral recordings, as well as the Western Canadian Music Award. His recording of Tchaikovsky No. 1 with Joav Talmi and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, was nominated for the 2001 Felix Award; and in 2010 his recording of Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage was awarded a Felix Award for Best Classical Solo Album of the Year.

In 2005, Mr. Laplante was honored to be named an Officer of the Order of Canada. In that same year, he was awarded the Prix Opus for Best Performer of the Year. In 2010, he received another Prix Opus, for Best Concert of the Year.

André Laplante forms the Laplante-Seiler-Carr Trio. Pianist André Laplante, violinist Mayumi Seiler and cellist Colin Carr, three internationally acclaimed artists, beloved for their solo and chamber music expertise, embark on a new creation. The trio makes a debut tour in Canada this summer, including engagements at the Elora Festival, Westben Festival and the Lachine Chamber Music Fesitval. The summer tour program includes the Ravel Trio and Beethoven’s “Archduke” Trio. Following these opening events, the LSC Trio will perform the three Brahms Trios at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Bourgie Hall, and a pair of concerts for the Calgary Pro Music Society in the fall.
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André Laplante will return to the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières to perform the complete cycle of Beethoven’s five piano concertos in two concerts in March. On the podium for these special events will be the eminent American-born Swiss conductor Stephen Smith. The cycle begins Saturday, March 9th at 8:00 pm with piano concertos #2, #3 and #4, and at 2:30 on March 10th will conclude with concertos #1 and #5 — known as “the Emperor”. Indeed Laplante will be the sovereign ruler of these majestic works. Tickets and information…

“Laplante squeezed every ounce of power that the Baldwin piano could provide. He reached into the music and touched its very soul. [Brahms’ Sonata in F minor, Op. 5] – read more

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“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’s playing is characterized by his tender, beautiful sound with driving force, and his musical flow was noble and full of grace. The 1st movement showed exquisitely delicate dynamic control and a wide range of expression while the dialogue between orchestra and piano was tightly-knit. The 2nd movement was filled with graceful and tranquil atmosphere, and showed an ingenious musical flow with the sonority created upon unique harmonies. The 3rd movement, again with beautiful piano solo passages, excellently expresses brightness and joy in a brisk tempo, and successfully brought forth enriched music with various changes in color and sonority.” [Hiroshima Symphony] Akihiko Hibino, Ongaku no tomo

“…impressive performances”
“Laplante produced a volcanic performance of Liszt’s Funérailles that left no doubt of his authority as a technician or the resonance of the bass register of the Steinway he was using. Tonal power was mixed with soulful melody and full use of the keyboard.”
Ludwig-van.com

“It’s true that his leonine style, titanic power and profound musicality all seem to belong to some past golden age of piano aristocrats, when giants like Josef Lhevinne and Arturo Benedetto Michelangeli roamed the Earth. Laplante is the kind of artist whose sensitivity and deep emotions transcend technique…”
Ottawa Citizen

“Laplante, whose playing was highly virtuosic, successfully created a magnificent drama by bringing out various characters hidden in the piece.” Kyoko Michishita, Ongaku no tomo

“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.”
Ottawa Citizen

“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.”
Le Soleil

“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]
Le Soleil

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“André Laplante and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, the ideal pairing of master pianist and masterpiece… Many gifted and highly trained virtuosi can manage the Emperor Concerto, but few can fulfill it with the lofty command and perfect discretion of Laplante.” Toronto Globe and Mail 

“He turned the simplest musical lines into elegant strands of ribbon and made the most technically impossible passages sound easy. [Schubert Sonata in A Major, D. 664]  “Laplante squeezed every ounce of power that the Baldwin piano could provide. He reached into the music and touched its very soul. [Brahms’ Sonata in F minor, Op. 5]
TorontoConcertReviews.ca

“…impressive performances” “Laplante produced a volcanic performance of Liszt’s Funérailles that left no doubt of his authority as a technician or the resonance of the bass register of the Steinway he was using. Tonal power was mixed with soulful melody and full use of the keyboard.”
Ludwig-van.com 

“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.”
Ottawa Citizen

“call him the great communicator…he translates the notes on the page into memorable musical experiences of great substance”
Winnipeg Free Press [PDF]

“There are hundreds of excellent pianists in the world, all able to present fantastic recitals. But very, very few possess that special, extra dose of magic…”
MusicalToronto

“the highlight was Canadian pianist André Laplante’s blazing traversal of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3”
“His fingers sprint, leapfrog and tumble with almost supernatural ease through this showpiece’s devilish runs. In the galloping second variation of the Tema con variazioni and in the concerto’s explosive finale, his hands often look like a one-man ballet troupe.”
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

“Laplante asserted an ample, orchestral sound and built suspense as he intrepidly scaled the range of the piano. Without becoming overly sentimental, Laplante imparted dreamy, downy sound to the reflective music of the second movement…. The swarming strings and ripping brass the NJSO brought to the allegro vivace were a fine match for Laplante’s liquid steel timbre and the considerable skill he brought to its pianistic demands.”
Newark Star-Ledger 

“Although Laplante’s is a formidable virtuosity guided by a rare musical intelligence, his art is not intellectual so much as visionary.”And “He did it again Tuesday night at his sold-out Toronto Summer Music Festival Concert at MacMillan Theatre.”
Toronto Globe and Mail  [pdf]

“André Laplante by now can be referred to as Canada’s ‘national treasure’. He is a well established artist especially in the Romantic repertoire and has a worldwide reputation with critics comparing him sometimes to Richter and Horowitz. This new recording for the Analekta label tackles Liszt in an ambitious, rarely recorded program of the first book of the 21 year old Liszt’s romantic wanderings with Countess Marie d’Agoult… To capture the many layered complexities of this set, Laplante is the ideal choice and this recording shows it.”
The Wholenote  [pdf] CD review

“André Laplante and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, the ideal pairing of master pianist and masterpiece, superbly supported by Sir Andrew Davis, himself a master accompanist among conductors, crowned the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Wednesday concert…. Many gifted and highly trained virtuosi can manage the Emperor Concerto, but few can fulfill it with the lofty command and perfect discretion of Laplante” [Toronto Symphony, Beethoven Concerto #5]
Toronto Globe and Mail [pdf]

“Laplante has an immense technique which he uses only to make points such as are called for. Everything he plays is intensely musical. The Beethoven Waldstein Sonata was an exclamation mark in the program. Chopin’s wild B-flat minor sonata…was thrilling. It had urgency and colour. The trio of that famous funeral march wasn’t played sweetly but eerily, as it should be, and the famous minute or so of the finale…was light, racing and fantastic.” [Chopin Society, Magee Auditorium, Vancouver]
Vancouver Sun

“…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.”[Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra – Mayumi Seiler, artistic director, Mozart Piano Concerto in A major, K. 414]
Ken Winters, The Globe and Mail

“…brilliantly played by André Laplante…What a tour de force!”[Montreal Symphony Orchestra – Kent Nagano, Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2]
The Globe and Mail, Toronto

“Beethoven’s Emperor truly is music that nourishes the soul, and – -with the exceptional pianism, thoughtfulness and expressive depth of this guest artist – -proved uplifting in every way…Laplante surely is one of the great romantic pianists of the era. Bringing the virtuoso’s technical wizardry and dramatic flair to an icon of the high classic era can yield extraordinary results, as it did last night…. Laplante’s playing proved characteristically awe-inspiring; he is capable of delivering the softest, most elegant trill as well as unleashing the most thunderous double-flated outbursts from top to bottom (and back) of the keyboard…. Yet it is a technique fully at the beck and call of an artistic sensibility in the grandest sense…Music-making of which memories are made.”[Columbus Symphony Orchestra – Alessandro Siciliani, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”]
Columbus Review

“I have never heard Laplante play better than he played this music Saturday night, using the Fazioli’s responsiveness to a soft attack to turn the Andantino into a profoundly introspective experience. Here was a master pianist at the top of his form.”[Toronto Symphony Orchestra – Peter Oundjian, Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, K. 271]
Toronto Star

“Laplante’s meticulously considered pallette was in flawless synchronization with the formal considerations of the piece, sensuous and sensitive playing…”[Vancouver Chopin Society Recital, Queen Elizabeth Playhouse]
Vancouver Sun

“Laplante…strode on stage with Lisztian hair and convincing command of a wide range of repertoire…Haydn…one sensed, as is usually the case with particularly fine interpreters of music of the classical era, the undercurrent of gathering revolution….Liszt…perfect for a pianist with the flair and fingers of Laplante…Laplante closed with the equally difficult but far different demands of Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy…successfully conveying a particularly stormy, often mournful side of Schubert.”[TCU Cliburn Institute’s Master Recital Series, Fort Worth, Texas]
Fort Worth Star Telegram

“Laplante is not only a great pianist, but also a great musician, aurally absolutely inside the music’s fabric and momentum. He played as Brahms himself might have played.”[Glenn Gould Studio: Onstage Series, Toronto, Brahms Piano Quintet with the St. Lawrence String Quartet]
The Globe and Mail

“Unalloyed pleasure is a given, when you hear Laplante. A fastidious artist he is, but never soberly academic….Laplante responds with the freshness of first discovery.”[Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – Imre Pallo, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2]
Winnipeg Free Press

Victoria Symphony – Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
“…hearing it played by a pianist with the technique and sensibilities of Laplante can be…revalatory….the range of dynamics and tone colours Laplante produced was little short of astonishing.”
Times Colonist

A440 Concert Series, Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall, Calgary
“Laplante evokes a world, now nearly past, in which a concert is a serious artistic event…Laplante always chooses important works, full of significant musical content…Laplante’s listening ears are surely among the best in the business when it comes to nuance and tonal gradation, and his voyage into the emotional world of this music was nothing short of magic.”
Calgary Herald

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra – Grzegorz Nowak
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3
“Andre Laplante played the work splendidly, making those florid, dizzyingly rapid passages appropriately glittering, while the tender moments had real poise and thoughfulness.”
Edmonton Journal

Buffalo Philharmonic – Jorge Mester
Ravel Piano Concerto for Left Hand
“The sweeping power of Laplante and his ability to articulate the melody and accompaniment played simultaneously by the single hand were remarkable.”
Buffalo News

L’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec – Kees Bakels
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3
“…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.”
Le Soleil (Québec)

UBC Music at the Chan Series Recital
“Laplante’s playing…was both technically awesome and time-stoppingly beautiful.”
Vancouver Sun

Glenn Gould Studio Recital, Toronto
“Laplante proved once again why he is one of Canada’s most highly regarded pianists…He is one of those rare soloists whose every effort is aimed at serving the music…immense musical intelligence.”
Toronto Star

 

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1 – watch

Jacques Hétu: Piano Concerto – listen

Liszt: Mephisto Waltz – watch

Brahms: Sonata #3, op. 5 – watch

Ravel: Miroirs III; Une Barque sur L’Ocean – watch

Prokofiev: Suggestion Diabolique – watch

Prokofiev Concerto #1 clip – listen

Liszt encore – listen

André Laplante Discography