Originally from Northern Ontario, Tom Plaunt completed extensive studies both at the University of Toronto and in Germany, where he won a major German exchange scholarship, the DAAD, for three consecutive years. He now enjoys a varied career as a performer and a wide reputation, throughout Canada and in the US and Britain, as an engaging teacher and lecturer, clinician and adjudicator.
Currently chair of the Piano Department of McGill University's Faculty of Music, where he has taught since 1974, Professor Plaunt is noted for his performances of new compositions, as well as his strong affinities for music of the classical period. His recording of Charles Ives' "Concord" Sonata and his performances in Canada, the US and Europe have won him high praise.
Presently, he is involved in an extensive study of the keyboard works of Franz Schubert and is performing, and recording for CBC broadcast, a series of all-Schubert recitals which he is also performing across North America and in Europe.