André Laplante is best known for interpreting music of the 19th-century pianist/composer, Franz Liszt and with his tall, aristocratic bearing and flowing hair, Laplante even resembles Liszt. But Laplante has far more going for him than mere image. He began his international career by winning the silver medal at the 1978 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Since then, Laplante has gone on to establish himself as a pianist of the highest rank, with critics comparing him to Ashkenazy, Horowitz and Rudolf Serkin.
Laplante performs all over the world as a chamber musician and as a soloist in recital and with orchestras. His exquisite recordings have won him critical acclaim and numerous awards, including a Juno in 2004.
Laplante was born in Rimouski, Quebec and studied at L'école Vincent-d'Indy in Montreal and at Julliard in New York. Laplante is also an enthusiastic teacher at the Conservatoire in Montreal and at the Orford Academy in Orford, Quebec. As well, he has served on the juries of many international piano competitions, including the Tchaikovsky, the Honens and the Van Cliburn competitions.
On this edition of This Is My Music, Laplante shares some of his musical insight along with a few of his favourite selections.
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André Laplante shares his favourite music on This Is My Music