Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra

Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra

April 20, 2009 08:30 ET

Juno Winner Andre Laplante Comes to Toronto

Pianist Andre Laplante returns to Via Salzburg's stage in a recital programme with Mayumi Seiler April 23 and 24, 2009

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - Mayumi Seiler, Artistic Director of Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra invites Juno Award winner Pianist Andre Laplante on stage to perform a recital programme on April 23 and 24, 2009 at 8:00 pm at Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West, Toronto. Their programme, a true dialogue between two friends, combines crisp classical sensibility, impressionistic dreams and the beautiful, cutting edge music of contemporary Canada.

Program: MOZART Sonata in B Flat Major KV 454
DEBUSSY Sonata for Violin and Piano
CHAN KA NIN Cool Mountain Water
BRAHMS Sonata in D Minor No. 3

Andre Laplante, over the past decade, has firmly established himself as one of the great romantic virtuosos. He garnered 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. His performance of Jacques Hetu's Piano Concerto No. 2 for CBC Records won the 2004 Juno award for orchestral recordings, as well as the Western Canadian Music Award. In recent years, Mr. Laplante has appeared as orchestral soloist with the Montreal and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Sir Neville Marriner, on tour in Europe with the Toronto Symphony under Andrew Davis and with the Royal Philharmonic under the baton of the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin during their extensive North American tour.

Mayumi Seiler is the founder and artistic director of Via Salzburg, a Toronto-based chamber music ensemble that would fuse the extraordinary talents of both Canadian and international musicians with string-oriented repertoire spanning from the Baroque to the contemporary. Ms. Seiler is also an instructor at the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School, and is in great demand throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed with numerous renowned orchestras and conductors including Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Peter Oundjian, and Sandor Vegh. In addition, she has been the featured soloist with orchestras such as the London Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic, the Berlin Symphony, the Moscow Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony. She performed at the highly successful and acclaimed tour as soloist with the UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maxim Vengerov, a tour that saw her perform at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, Carnegie Hall, as well as venues in Vienna, Amsterdam, London, and many other locations throughout Europe.

Via Salzburg is an ensemble that now begins its tenth year having performed an impressive array of groundbreaking concerts to critical acclaim. Via Salzburg has been a fertile proving ground for many talented young performers who have subsequently used their experience to achieve international careers as performers and teachers.

The Globe and Mail has hailed the Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra as an "elite band of string players that performs with passion and dedication," while The Toronto Star has lauded its "ebullience and glowing tone" and the National Post states that it "continues to delight the city."

Mayumi Seiler and Andre Laplante
April 23 and 24, 2009 at 8:00 pm
Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West, Toronto

Tickets: Adults - $50; Seniors - $45; Students - $20
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