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December 7, 2014
Dvorak Concerto in Athens, Berlin, and Baden-Baden

With the Athens State Orchestra and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Pierre-Laurent Aimard brings Dvorak's Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 33 to three cities December 10 through 13. The first performance in Greece’s capital, part of a program entitled "Slavic Soul”, takes place as part of a program including Smetana’s symphonic poem “The Moldau” and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 1 in G Minor, Op 13 "Winter Dreams” under the baton of Stefan Tsialis. Following this concert, Aimard joins the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin for an all-Dvorak program with Christoph Eschenbach in Baden-Baden on December 13 and in the orchestra’s home city on December 14.

December 1, 2014
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Presents UK Premiere of Birtwistle Concerto

As part of celebrations honoring the 80th birthday of composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs the UK premiere of Responses: Sweet disorder and the carefully careless for piano and orchestra with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski on Saturday, December 6. Tickets to the performance, which also includes Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Orpheus as well as Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques, are available here.

A co-commission by the London Philharmonic Orchestra along with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva Casa da Musica Porto, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Birtwistle’s concerto is receiving a quartet of international premieres with these ensembles during the 2014-15 season, including the upcoming American premiere with the Boston Symphony and Vladimir Jurowski February 12–14. A video clip of the world premiere in October with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra and Stefan Asbury can be watched here.

November 16, 2014
Stops in Vienna, Prague, Lucerne, and Paris with the Well-Tempered Clavier

In mid-November, Pierre-Laurent Aimard embarks on a European tour of Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier with concerts in four cities. At Vienna’s Musikverein on November 18, the evening's program also includes Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano no. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 and Brahms's Variations on a Theme of Handel, Op. 24. Following this performance, Aimard participates in the Prague Spring Festival on November 20 and then gives accounts of the Well-Tempered Clavier at the Lucerne Festival on November 23 and Paris’s Cité de la Musique on November 30.