Over the last decade, Canadian pianist André Laplante has firmly established himself 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 Tchaïkovsky Competition in Moscow. Laplante has performed in major concert centers in Europe, North America and the Far East, to the highest critical acclaim. 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.
In recent years, Laplante has appeared as orchestral soloist with the Montréal and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, 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 under Andrew Davis and with the Royal Philharmonic under the baton of the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin during their extensive North American tour.
Recent seasons have also included 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) and the Vermont Summer Festival (USA). 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) and the William Kapell International Piano Competition.
Recently, Mr. Laplante performed Rachmaninoff ‘s Third Piano Concerto 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 Montréal and Columbus Symphonies, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa and Club Musical de Québec, as well as performances with the Toronto, Québec, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Pasadena and México City symphonies. Laplante performed two Mozart concerti at Domaine Forget in summer 2002. He will serve as a judge in the Honens International Piano Competition 2003.
An active recording artist, André Laplante’s releases on the Analalekta label include works by Liszt (Félix 1995), Ravel and Rachmaninov, as well as an award winning Brahms album (Félix 1996). 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. Recently released is a recording of Jacques Hetu's Piano Concerto No. 2, which has been nominated for a 2004 Juno award.