Returning in the summer of 2015 for his seventh season as Artistic Director of Aldeburgh Music, running June 12 through 28, Pierre-Laurent Aimard's performances at this summer's festival include Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Ligeti’s Piano Concerto with the London Sinfonietta, and Schubert’s Trout Quintet with Quatuor Mosaïques. He joins Isabelle Faust, Mark Simpson and Jean-Guihen Queyras in Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time and George Benjamin for the four-hands piano version of Ravel’s Mother Goose suite. His solo recital on June 27 focuses on Bach, with pieces from Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier and the Art of Fugue interspersed with miniatures by Kurtág.
Numerous tributes to Pierre Boulez will taking place, in recognition of the composer and conductor's 90th birthday. Says Aimard, who has worked with Boulez since 1976 when he was engaged as the first pianist for the Ensemble Intercontemporain: “The legend of Pierre Boulez as a towering icon of the avant garde precedes him, but what I want to bring to our retrospective is my overriding impression of his humanity. Pierre is a man who is passionate, loyal and very human an outstanding leader but also modest and generous. For me his continual revising of his works is a constant commitment to making things better and it is this spirit which infuses our series of explorations, discussions and performances.”
Together with the Aldeburgh Festival’s new Chief Executive, Roger Wright, Aimard has devised a three-day retrospective aimed at bringing audiences closer to Boulez’s complex music, including Gerard McBurney’s A Pierre Dream: A Portrait of Pierre Boulez (17 June), an acoustic and theatrical journey mixing live performance with rare on-screen archival footage and new interviews; Barrie Gavin's film Pierre Boulez – Living in the Present (16 June); and performances by Quatuor Diotima and Florent Boffard.
Other highlights of the festival include the world premiere performance of Harrison Birtwistle's new chamber opera The Cure, George Benjamin serving as Artist in Residence, masterclasses with Andreas Scholl, an extended Bach-focused residency from the Monteverdi Choir under John Eliot Gardiner (19 and 20 June), The Prince of the Pagodas – Britten’s only full- length ballet score,l (28 June), and performances with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Quatuor Diotima, Alice Coote, and Tamara Stefanovich amongst others. Tickets and more informationcan be found here.