André Laplante

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André Laplante, OC (born November 12, 1949) is a Canadian (Québécois) pianist. He received a 2004 Juno Award for the 2003 recording Concertos: Music of Jacques Hétu. He is considered to be a Franz Liszt specialist and is much associated with the music of Maurice Ravel.[1]

Born in Rimouski, Quebec, Canada, Laplante was awarded 3rd prizes at the inaugural edition of the Sydney Competition and the XV Long-Thibaud Competition.[1] He shared second place with French pianist Pascal Devoyon at the 1978 International Tchaikovsky Competition.[2] Laplante made his debut at Carnegie Hall on October 21, 1978.[2]

He has received two Felix Awards for his recordings. At the award ceremonies of 2004, Laplante received a Juno Award in the category Classical Album of the Year – Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment for the recording Concertos: Music of Jacques Hétu.[3][4] He was awarded the Order of Canada on October 29, 2004 and invested to the Order on June 10, 2005.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b Renaud, Lucie (16 March 2005). "André Laplante—A Fine Balance". La Scène musicale. Montréal. ISSN 1703-8189. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b Willis, Stephen; Nygaard King, Betty. "André Laplante". Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Historica Canada. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Juno Awards Database". Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  4. ^ Hétu, Jacques; Nelligan, Émile (1996-01-01). Jacques Hétu. Saint-Nicolas, Québec: Doberman-Yppan.
  5. ^ The Right Honourable Adrienne Louise Clarkson (26 March 2005). "Canada Gazette Part I, Vol. 139, No. 13" (PDF). Ottawa: Governor General of Canada. Canada Gazette. Government House. p. 4 (904 Canada Gazette). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  6. ^ Governor General of Canada. "André Laplante, O.C., M.Mus". Ottawa: Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 4 January 2012.