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August 15, 2014
Pierre-Laurent Looks Forward to Two Performances at Berliner Festspiele

Aimard brings Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier to the Berliner Philarmonie’s Kammermusiksaal on September 4 as part of a season-long tour of the collection, which is now available internationally from Deutsche Grammophon on Amazon and iTunes. On September 8, he reunites with conductor Jonathan Nott for Helmut Lachenmann’s Ausklang for piano and orchestra with the Bamberger Symphoniker. Watch Aimard speak about the work of Lachenmann here, with whom he has enjoyed a long working relationship.

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July 1, 2014
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Prepares for Release of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I with Summer Tour

Following intensive study of Book I of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier this past spring at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Berlin Institute for Advanced Studies), Aimard has recorded the collection for international release on August 18 from Deutsche Grammophon and planned a tour throughout the summer and 2014-15 season. The string of summer performances begins at Austria’s Styriarte on July 14, where he will also perform selections from Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux on July 15. Subsequent engagements take place at the Rheingau Musik Festival, and the Salzburg Festival. Check the schedule page for more.

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June 10, 2014
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Returns as Artistic Director of Aldeburgh Festival

This week, Pierre-Laurent Aimard returns to Aldeburgh to serve as Artistic Director for his sixth season at the festival, which runs from June 13 to 29.

In addition to working on Ligeti’s Études with emergent young pianists in series of masterclasses to be filmed for inclusion in the Ligeti Project, performances include the UK premiere of Tristan Murail’s piano concerto, Le Désenchantement du monde, in collaboration with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo on June 28. The following day, he joins Tamara Stefanovich to play Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat, with Thomas Zehetmair leading the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the resident orchestra for the festival. Crowning an all-French recital program on June 14, he performs Visions de l’Amen by Olivier Messiaen.

On June 22, Aimard leads Aldeburgh's Musicircus — an homage to John Cage's free-spirited "happenings" of the 1960s — during which visiting festival musicians will join local musicians with an array of stylistic backgrounds and skill levels to gather in public and private spaces across Aldeburgh and perform simultaneously, creating a unique sonic and visual landscape.

Aimard also takes part in chamber recitals of music by Janácek, with members of the resident Chamber Orchestra of Europe on June 21, and duo sonatas by Webern on June 28.

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