Following his residency there five years ago, Pierre-Laurent Aimard returns to New York City’s Mostly Mozart Festival for a trio of concerts celebrating the work of his longtime friend and collaborator George Benjamin. On August 13,, he joins the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) for a late-night program showcasing Breathless for toy piano and pizzicato violin by Dai Fujikura, one of the English composer’s former students. Aimard and the ICE reunite on August 16 for accounts of Ligeti’s Piano Concerto and Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques, led by Benjamin himself. For the pianist’s final Mostly Mozart appearance in a late-night solo recital on August 17, he complements Benjamin’s Shadowlines – a set of six canonic preludes that was originally written for him – with preludes by d’Anglebert, Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, and Scriabin, as well as canons by Bach, Schumann, Brahms, Webern, Boulez, and Ligeti.
The August 17 solo recital will be webcast live by medici.tv, and this as well as his August 13 Mostly Mozart performance will be livestreamed by Lincoln Center.
Timed to coincide with his Ligeti performance on August 16 at Mostly Mozart, Aimard’s new interactive score of Ligeti’s Musica ricercata No. 7 is scheduled to go live online that day. A free, multilingual, interactive website developed in close collaboration with the Ruhr Piano Festival’s Dr. Tobias Bleek, the Ligeti Project launched in May and provides an in-depth examination of the late Hungarian composer’s Études.