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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, Salzburg Festival, and Spain’s Santander International 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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May 31, 2014
Pierre-Laurent Aimard in Residence at Klavier-Festival Ruhr This Week

This week, Pierre-Laurent Aimard returns to the stage, ending a season-long sabbatical of intensive study at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Studies) and elsewhere, with a series of performances and masterclasses at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr. The focus of this week is the études for piano by György Ligeti, as part of an upcoming educational project exploring these works in collaboration with Ruhr and an array of institutional and foundational partners that draws on the knowledge and experience gained from Aimard's uniquely close working relationship with the composer.

On June 2, Aimard performs a solo recital of a selection of the études, rounded out with a program of Chopin, Debussy, Bartók, and Scriabin. This is followed by daily masterclasses June 3 through 6 that are being filmed for use in the upcoming project. His week at Ruhr culminates with a performance of a selection of Ligeti's études on June 6, plus a performance of the composer's Trio for horn, violin, and piano with Marie-Luise Neunecker and Saschko Gawriloff. He also takes part in a panel discussion with ethnomusicologist Simha Arom, mathematician Heinz-Otto Peitgen, Paul Sacher Foundation Ligeti Collection Curator Heidy Zimmermann, and other Ligeti experts.

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