Canadian pianist André Laplante received 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.
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 1999, he received two Opus Awards for live performances: "Best Concert in Montréal" and "Best Concert in Québec Province." Most recently, in 2010, he received another Prix Opus, this time for Best Concert of the Year.
He joins host Cathy Fuller in the Fraser Performance Studio for a program that includes
J.S. Bach/Ferruccio Busoni - Adagio in A minor
Haydn - Sonata in E-flat, Hob. XVI: 52
Franz Liszt - Sonetto 104 del Petrarca and Après une lecture du Dante, from Years of Pilgrimage, Book II (Italy)
(photo: Peter Schaaf)