Andre Laplante in Nanaimo

Nanaimo Conservatory of MusicThe Nanaimo Conservatory of Music is hosting a solo piano recital by Andre Laplante at the Port Theatre on Monday, February 7, 2011, at 7:30 pm. Mr. Laplante will present a special program in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt. The program for this recital will include Adagio in A minor (from the Organ Toccata in C major) by Bach-Busoni, Sonata in E flat major HBK 52 by Joseph Haydn, Fantasy in f minor by Frederic Chopin, and Annees de Pelerinage, Book 2, Italy by Franz Liszt.

Over the last decade, Canadian pianist Andre Laplante has firmly established himself as one of the great romantic virtuosos. 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. He has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras and his many recordings include the works of Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and Rachmaninov. Mr. Laplante has served as a juror for many competitions including the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition and the Honens International Piano Competition. He has won several prestigious awards including a Juno in 2004, and in 2005 he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Tickets for the February 7 concert are available from the Port Theatre at $30 (students $20). Andre Laplante is also doing a Masterclass at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music, 375 Selby Street in the Old City Quarter on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 10 am. Observer tickets for the Masterclass are $10 for adults or $5 for students.

UPDATE: The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music wishes to announce that Andre Laplante deeply regrets that due to an injury to his hand, he is unable to continue his tour of the West Coast at this time. Devon Joiner, a local pianist who is well-loved, well-known for his prodigious ability, and is studying for his Masters degree at Juilliard in New York, will replace Andre Laplante for the February 7 concert.