Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

Widely acclaimed as a key figure in the music of our time and as a uniquely significant interpreter of piano repertoire from every age, Pierre-Laurent Aimard enjoys an internationally celebrated career. He has been awarded the 2017 International Ernest von Siemens Music Prize in recognition of a life devoted to the service of music.


Aimard performs throughout the world each season with major orchestras under conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Peter Eötvös, Sir Simon Rattle and Vladimir Jurowski. He has been invited to curate, direct and perform in a number of residencies, with projects at Carnegie Hall, New York's Lincoln Center, Vienna's Konzerthaus, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, the Lucerne Festival, Mozarteum Salzburg, Cité de la Musique in Paris, and London's Southbank Centre. Aimard was the Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival from 2009 to 2016, his final season was marked by a performance of Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux with the concerts programmed from dawn to midnight.


This season sees Pierre-Laurent continue his trio partnership with Mark Simpson and Antoine Tamestit, and the development of an innovative programme of concerts for Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. He also performs with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Paavo Järvi in Taiwan. As well as engagements with Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra, Aimard joins the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen for a series of concerts, entitled ‘Inspirations’. He continues his life-long association with the music of Messiaen, performing his works worldwide.  Aimard is also a member of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste.


Aimard has had close collaborations with many leading composers including Kurtág, Stockhausen, Carter, Boulez and George Benjamin and had a long association with Ligeti, recording his complete works for piano.  He has made many highly successful and award-winning recordings.  His recordings for DG ‘The Liszt Project’ in 2011 and Debussy Préludes in 2012, were joined by a new recording of Bach’s Das wohltemperierte Klavier Book 1 in 2014.

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

Colin Currie, percussion

Isabelle Faust, violin

Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello

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Oliver Knussen, conductor

ODE 1296-2

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