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.