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April 9, 2014
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Presents Award to George Benjamin at BBC Music Magazine Awards

At the BBC Music Magazine Awards on April 9, Pierre-Laurent Aimard presented composer George Benjamin with the Premiere Award for the 2013 recording of his opera Written on Skin, which stars Christopher Purves, Barbara Hannigan, and Bejun Mehta, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the baton of the composer himself. Aimard and Benjamin have long enjoyed a close musical partnership, and as Director of Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music last summer, Aimard presented the U.S. premiere of Written on Skin, with Benjamin leading a concert performance. Aimard's performance of Benjamin's Duet for Piano and Orchestra shares the disc with the opera, which was released on Nimbus in 2013. Find out more about the BBC Music Magazine's list of 2014 award winners here.

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March 26, 2014
Pierre-Laurent Aimard looks forward to working with Roger Wright at Aldeburgh Festival

Following his recently announced departure from the roles of Controller at BBC Radio 3 and Director of the BBC Proms, Roger Wright will become the Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music, the foundation that runs the Aldeburgh Festival, among several other programs. Mr. Wright, who has also held senior roles at the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Deutsche Grammophon, will take on the position in September. Pierre-Laurent Aimard returns to the Aldeburgh Festival this summer for his sixth season as Artistic Director June 12 to 29, where he will perform music by composers with whom he is particularly associated, including Messiaen, and undertake a major project examining Ligeti’s Études. Find out more about the Aldeburgh Festival's 2014 programming here.

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March 15, 2014
New Engagements Announced for Summer 2014: Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Salzburg Festival, and More

Outside of this activities at Aldeburgh Music this summer in the role of Artistic Director, Pierre-Laurent Aimard looks forward to a summer of performances at festivals across Germany and Austria. He devotes a full day to Gyorgy Ligeti's Études at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in Essen on June 6, with a performance and masterclass, as well as a panel discussion alongside music theologian Simha Arom, violinist Saschko Gawriloff, mathematician Heinz-Otto Peitgen, and Paul Sacher Foundation Ligeti Collection curater Heidy Zimmermann.

July 14 and 15 brings Aimard to Styriarte in Graz, Austria for two nights of concerts, featuring Book I of J. S. Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier and Olivier Messiaen's Catalogue des oiseaux. Following these performances, Aimard brings Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier to the Rheingau Music Festival on July 17 and to the Salzburg Festival on July 21. See Aimard's full calendar for more information.

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