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Derek Yaple-Schobert (rhymes with "Maple-Show-Bert"), a well-traveled American & Canadian pianist based in Montreal, brings classical music to a wide audience. With his own engaging and insightful commentary, he guides newcomers to the classical genre, as well as seasoned concertgoers, taking them on memorable musical journeys. His programs feature a broad spectrum of the immortals: the wit of Haydn, the emotional pathos of Beethoven, the unearthly beauty of Schubert, the dazzling virtuosity of Liszt or the intensity of Prokofiev, as well as rarely heard captivating Nordic music. He often leaves his audiences with a refreshing feeling of discovery, as he takes them through the breathtaking musical landscapes of the Norwegian Edvard Grieg or the individualistic music of the Dane Carl Nielsen. Yaple-Schobert often includes innovative works by present day Canadian composers. Praised by the press for his supreme sensitivity, he is also known for his easy and entertaining way of speaking with any audience, proving Derek to be a true classical piano music ambassador: one of his life long goals is to get people “who think they don’t like classical music”, as excited as he is about the genre.
Internationally, Derek Yaple-Schobert has performed in Canada (Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan), the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden and USA (Alaska, Idaho, Michigan and Wyoming). One of Yaple-Schobert's competition performances so impressed a French adjudicator, that he invited him to perform three recitals in France. Sponsored by the Embassy of Canada to Sweden, he toured Sweden. Noteworthy recitals in Denmark include the Odense Musikforening (established in 1866) and the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus. Performances in the German town of Flensburg include a debut recital at the Music Society and a return engagement at the Danish Duborg School.
Yaple-Schobert's mainstage showcase at Ontario Contact resulted in solo recitals at the Sarnia Concert Association, Barrie Colours of Music Festival, Kingston Piano Fest, the Gananoque Concert Association, an all Edvard Grieg recital at Guelph University sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Thunder Bay LUMINA Concert Series, as well as a return engagement for the longstanding Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society. In Quebec, Yaple-Schobert performed for Pro Musica's Mélodînes Series at Place des arts, at the venerable Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur and at both the internationally recognized Lachine Music Festival and Maison Trestler summer festivals. Following an Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC) mainstage showcase, Yaple-Schobert performed a five-city tour in Saskatchewan. In the course of his tours, Derek Yaple-Schobert gave workshops for pianists of various levels, at the Holstebro Music School in Denmark, Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, Young Musicians, Inc. in Evanston, Wyoming, Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Queen's University in Kingston and the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. Recent highlights include a 14 recital tour of Idaho and Wyoming, including several performances for school children, a November 2013 tour in South Eastern Alaska and a recital for the long standing Women's Musical Club of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
BRAVO! Television featured him on "The Classical Now II", highlighting The best of the next generation of Canadian classical musicians (watch an excerpt at the end of the Listen page). The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has recorded two of his recitals live. WNMU FM Radio recorded Yaple-Schobert's recital at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, later broadcast globally via the internet. CBC Radio 2 (across Canada) and Montreal's CJPX Radio regularly broadcast selections from Yaple-Schobert's CDs. His most recent CD on the XXI label and distributed by Universal, features music by the Norwegian Edvard Grieg. This CD was featured as “CD of the Week” on CKUA FM in Alberta and Toronto’s “The Whole Note” gave it a glowing revue.
Derek Yaple-Schobert won 1st Prize at the Montreal Classical Music Festival and the Award for Best Interpretation of a Canadian work awarded by the Canadian Music Centre at the Prix d'Europe, as well as several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Quebec Arts Council. He also won 2nd Prizes at the North-American "French Music Days" Competition, the prestigious Canadian National Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition and the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition. Fellowships from the American-Scandinavian Foundation in NYC enabled Yaple-Schobert to take private studies in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden, invited him as International Guest for one year at its elite "Edsberg Musikinstitution". In addition, he took short term studies on scholarship at the Maurice Ravel Academy in St-Jean-de-Luz, France, the Taubman Institute of Piano in NYC, the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, the Banff Centre in Alberta and the Orford Arts Centre south of Montreal. With full scholarships, Yaple-Schobert was unanimously awarded a Doctorate in Music in Piano Performance from the University of Montreal.
Aside from music and enjoying the cultural diversity and vibrancy of the big city, Derek enjoys escaping to a cabin in Abitibi, wilderness 650 km (400 miles) north of Montreal. Presently, he has been immersed in the rebuilding of his cabin which had burned down in May 2012 in a huge forest fire with a contour of 135 km (85 miles).