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April 11, 2015
Just Announced: Pierre-Laurent Aimard to Make Multiple Appearances at 2015 Mostly Mozart Festival

This summer, Pierre-Laurent Aimard returns to New York City’s Mostly Mozart Festival for multiple performances relating to the work of composer George Benjamin, whose influences and oeuvre are the focus of this year’s events. On August 13, he joins the International Contemporary Ensemble for a late-night program dedicated to the works of Dai Fujikura, one of Benjamin’s former students. He returns with the International Contemporary Ensemble on August 16 for Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques and Ligeti’s Piano Concerto under the baton of Benjamin himself. A solo late-night recital on August 17 features six preludes and six canons by a wide range of composers, from Bach, Mozart, and Schumann to Webern, Boulez, and Ligeti, as well as Benjamin’s Shadowlines. The final work, which features several canonic preludes in a continuous structure, was originally written for Aimard. He premiered the work in 2001 and recorded it in 2004 for an all-Benjamin album released by Nimbus Records. Aimard served as Mostly Mozart’s Artist-in-Residence in 2010.

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April 6, 2015
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Embarks on South American Tour

In late April, Pierre-Laurent commences a two-week tour to Colombia, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil featuring book I of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier plus a collection of études and pedagogical studies by Ligeti, Kurtág, Debussy, Bartók, and Chopin. From Bogota’s Teatro Mayor on April 23, he travels to the Teatro del Lago in Frutillar, Chile on April 25, followed by a performance at Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colon on May 3. Closing the tour are two consecutive performances at Sao Paulo’s Sao Paulo’s Sociedade de Cultura Artistica on May 5 and 6.

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March 10, 2015
Applications Open for Stockhausen Piano Academy in Munich

Applications are now open for a piano academy Pierre-Laurent Aimard will be leading alongside Tamara Stefanovich devoted to the piano music of Karlheinz Stockhausen. Taking place at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and the Bavarian Radio October 16 through 20, the curriculum will revolve around the composer's Klavierstücke I-XI. The academy is an initiative of musica viva des Bayerischen Rundfunks in cooperation with Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, and is being held in advance of the music viva Stockhausen Festival, in which Aimard and Stefanovich will also participate.

“The Klavierstücke are my drawings,” Karlheinz Stockhausen once said of his piano works. Written between 1952 and 1961, his Klavierstücke I-XI are now widely regarded as milestones in the history of modern and avant-garde piano music, encapsulating all the possibilities of the medium from the miniature to large-scale form. Stockhausen’s Klavierstücke are a composer’s paradigmatic statement on how to play chamber music and works for solo piano: “Anyone who writes piano music today, in other words, anyone who explores and expands the possibilities of a single instrument and of a single player with his or her ten fingers and two feet consciously chooses the virtues of discipline, concentration, simplicity and subtlety.”

The academy is aimed at pianists with a particular interest not only in Stockhausen’s piano music but also in repertoire of the modern and avant-garde periods in general. It is designed to appeal to pianists with proven abilities in the Classical and Romantic traditions as well. The program is provided free of charge to accepted applicants, but participants will be required to cover the costs of travel and accommodation. Interested pianists are invited to apply here before April 7 and can direct questions via email to mv-akademie@br.de.

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