REVIEWS
 

Chopin Society, Magee Auditorium, Vancouver

"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."     

Lloyd Dykk, The Vancouver Sun, 2006



Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra - Mayumi Seiler, artistic director
Mozart Piano Concerto in A major, K. 414


"...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."   

Ken Winters, The Globe and Mail, 2006



Montreal Symphony Orchestra - Kent Nagano
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2


"...brilliantly played by André Laplante...What a tour de force!"       

Alan Conter, The Globe and Mail, Toronto October 2005



Columbus Symphony Orchestra - Alessandro Siciliani
Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor"

"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."

Aaron Beck , Columbus Review, March 2005



Toronto Symphony Orchestra - Peter Oundjian
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, K. 271



"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."

William Littler, The Toronto Star, January 2005

 

Vancouver Chopin Society Recital, Queen Elizabeth Playhouse

"Laplante's meticulously considered pallette was in flawless synchronization with the formal considerations of the piece, sensuous and sensitive playing..."

David Gordon Duke, The Vancouver Sun, October 2004

 

TCU Cliburn Institute's Master Recital Series, Fort Worth, Texas

" 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. 

Wayne Lee Gay, Fort Worth Star Telegram, June 2004




Glenn Gould Studio:  Onstage Series, Toronto
Brahms Piano Quintet with the St. Lawrence String Quartet


" 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."

Ken Winters, The Globe and Mail, October 2003



Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra - Imre Pallo
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2


"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." 

James Manishen, Winnipeg Free Press, March 2003



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."

Deryk Barker, Times Colonist, Victoria, December 2002

 

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."

Kenneth DeLong, Calgary Herald, February 2002

 

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."

D.T. Baker, THe Edmonton Journal, January 2001

 

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."

Herman Trotter, The Buffalo News, July 1999

 

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."

Richard Boisvert, Le Soleil (Québec), February 1999



UBC Music at the Chan Series Recital

" Laplante's playing...was both technically awesome and time-stoppingly beautiful." 

Lloyd Dykk, The Vancouver Sun, February 1999



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."

Christopher Hume, The Toronto Star, April 1996

 
Photos by Peter Schaaf