Overview

Derek Yaple-Schobert
"One was transported beyond the furthest planets during Yaple-Schobert's piano recital"
-Flensburg Daily, Denmark / Germany

“supremely sensitive...wonderfully romantic...from his fingers to our ears, this had passion and longing...played with strength and commitment...Yaple-Schobert pulled out all the stops in the heartfelt (Liszt) lament.”
-The Winnipeg Free Press

"The audience showed its appreciation with a standing ovation"
-Deloraine Times

"You know, I don't really like classical music and I attend only because of my wife, but you were incredible!"
-Anonymous "fan", Banff Arts Centre

Well-traveled American / Canadian pianist Derek Yaple-Schobert ("Yaple" rhymes with "Maple") guides newcomers to classical music as well as experienced concertgoers on memorable musical journeys nuanced with his own engaging commentary. His well-crafted programs range in suitability for audiences who "think they don't like classical music", to audiences who wish to discover Yaple-Schobert's specialty: Scandinavian piano music.

He won Prizes at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Competition, at the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition, Prix d'Europe, "Journées de la musique française" (magazine article) and the Montreal Classical Music Festival. BRAVO! Television featured him on The Classical Now II highlighting "the best of the next generation of Canadian classical musicians". Yaple-Schobert has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettre du Québec as well as the American-Scandinavian Foundation and has performed in seven countries from house recitals to large venues. UNIVERSAL distributes his Edvard Grieg CD which Toronto's "The Whole Note" qualifies as "a delight!". Having completed a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the University of Montreal, Yaple-Schobert enthusiastically and sensitively gives workshops to aspiring pianists of all ages..

Performance Highlights

Almonte in Concert, ON
Canadian Nordic Society, Ottawa, ON
Colours of Music Festival, Barrie, ON
Gananoque Concert Association, ON
Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, ON
LUMINA Concert Series, Thunder Bay, ON
Piano Fest Opus 5, Kingston, ON
Sarnia Concert Association, ON
Sioux Lookout Entertainment Series, ON
Canadian Women's Club of Montreal, QC
Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, QC
Espace musique FM, QC
Lachine Music Festival, QC
Lakeshore Chamber Music Society, QC
Maison Trestler, QC
Pro Musica, "Les Mélodînes" Series, QC
Women's Musical Club of Winnipeg, MB
Golden Prairie Arts Council, Carman, MB
Moose Jaw Cultural Center, SK
Kindersley Arts Council, SK
Leader Arts Council, SK
Shaunavon Arts Council, SK
University of Regina, SK
Idaho Performing Arts, ID
Caldwell Performing Arts, ID
Roberts Weslyan College, Rochester, NY, USA
Petersburg Arts Council, Alaska, USA
WNMU FM, Marquette, Michigan, USA
Young Musicians, Inc. Evanston, WY
Hôtel de ville, Aix-en-Provence, FRANCE
Opéras de Marseille & d'Avignon, FRANCE
Music History Museum, Copenhagen, DENMARK
Odense Music Society, DENMARK
Embassy of Canada in Stockholm, SWEDEN
Haga Church, Gothenburg, SWEDEN

2013 Tour in Alaska, USA
2012 Tour in Manitoba, Canada
2011 Tour of 14 recitals in Idaho & Wyoming, USA
2010 Showcase, Manitoba Showcase
2009 Arts Northwest Piano Blast Afterhours Showcase
2009 & 2004 Ontario Contact Showcases
2008 OSAC Stars for Saskatchewan Tour
2007 OSAC Showcase