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 atthe International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.Critics have compared him with Ashkenazy, Horowitz and Rudolph Serkin. In 2005, Mr. Laplante was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Mr. 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 Mariner, with the Toronto Symphony under Andrew Davis and with the Royal Philharmonic under the baton of the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin. 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.
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