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October 20, 2014
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Performs World Premiere of Piano Concerto by Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Sir Harrison Birtwistle's new piano concerto, titled Responses: Sweet disorder and the carefully careless, comes to life on October 24 with its world premiere at the hand of Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in Munich under the baton of Stefan Asbury. As the English composer explains about the concerto, which was written expressly for Aimard, the subtitle is taken from an essay collection by Princeton architect Robert Maxwell, and is, he says, “the essence of what I’m doing. It’s a resonant phrase.”

The performance takes place as part of a quartet of international premieres with the four orchestras by which the concerto was co-commissioned. Next week brings the Portuguese premiere with Peter Eötvös leading the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música in Porto (Nov 1), followed by the UK premiere on December 6 with the London Philharmonic under Vladimir Jurowski during “Birtwistle at 80” celebrations at London’s Royal Festival Hall. In the New Year, Aimard and Jurowski reunite at the Boston Symphony to present the American premiere of Responses at Boston’s Symphony Hall (Feb 12–14).

Aimard and Birtwistle look back on a long artistic relationship, including performances of the composer's works that Aimard has championed as performer, programmer, and commissioner.

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October 3, 2014
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Embarks on Two-Week Asian Tour

As part of his worldwide tour this season of Book I of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, which is now available internationally from Deutsche Grammophon, Aimard travels to Asia in late September for performance engagements across Japan and China. In addition to the Well-Tempered Clavier — which he brings to Kyoto (Oct. 8), Saitama (Oct. 4), Tokyo (Oct. 8), and Beijing (Oct. 11) — Aimard also performs a program of Carter chamber works with his sister, cellist Valérie Aimard and violinist Diego Tosi, in Mitaka (Oct. 5) and Tokyo (Oct. 6). Rounding out the tour on October 14 is a performance of György Ligeti's Musica ricercara and selections from the composer's études in Shanghai.

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September 19, 2014
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Performs All-Carter Chamber Program in Amsterdam

Pierre-Laurent Aimard joins forces with his sister, cellist Valérie Aimard and violinist Diego Tosi on September 25 at Amsterdam contemporary music center Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ for a program of chamber works by Elliott Carter, the late two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning composer with whom he shared a 35-year musical partnership and friendship. The evening's program includes Epigrams, which was writen for Aimard and which he premiered in June 2013 at Aldeburgh Music. Watch a video here of Aimard discussing his artistic relationship with the composer and his work.

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