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 performs
throughout the world each season with major orchestras under conductors who include
Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Jurowski, Peter Eötvös, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Simon Rattle,
and Esa-Pekka Salonen. He has been invited to create, direct, and perform in a number of
residencies, including projects at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Vienna Konzerthaus,
Berlin Philharmonie, Mozarteum Salzburg, Cité de la Musique, and the Southbank Centre; as
well as with the Lucerne and Tanglewood festivals. Mr. Aimard is also the artistic director
of the prestigious and historic Aldeburgh Festival.
Current and future highlights include solo recitals in London, New York, Chicago, Paris,
Tokyo, Vienna, Beijing, and Amsterdam; and concerto appearances with the Boston Symphony
Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Mr.
Aimard also regularly directs concerts from the keyboard with the Chamber Orchestra of
Europe. In autumn 2014, he joined the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich to give
the world premiere of a piano concerto by Harrison Birtwistle, with further performances in
Porto, London, and Boston.
Born in Lyon, France, in 1957, Mr. Aimard
studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Yvonne Loriod and in London with Maria Curcio.
Early career landmarks include winning first prize in the 1973 Messiaen Competition at the
age of 16 and being appointed three years later by Pierre Boulez to become the Ensemble
intercontemporain's first solo pianist.
Mr. Aimard has had close collaborations with many leading composers, including György
Kurtág, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, and George Benjamin, as well
as a long association with György Ligeti, recording his complete works for piano. Most
recently, he performed the world premiere of Tristan Murail's piano concerto, as well as
Elliott Carter's last piece, Epigrams for violin, cello, and piano, which was
written for Mr. Aimard and premiered at the Aldeburgh Festival in June 2013.
Through professorships at the Hochschule für
Musik und Tanz Köln and Paris Conservatoire, as well as numerous series of concert lectures
and workshops worldwide, Mr. Aimard sheds an inspiring and personal light on music of all
periods. In 2009, he was invited to give a series of classes and seminars at the Collège de
France in Paris.He was the
recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society's Instrumentalist Award in spring 2005 and was
named Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America in 2007. In 2015, he launches
a major online resource centered on the performance and teaching of Ligeti's piano music,
featuring filmed master classes and performances of the etudes and other works by Ligeti in
collaboration with Klavier-Festival Ruhr and Vincent Meyer.
Mr. Aimard now records exclusively for Deutsche
Grammophon. His first DG release, Bach's Art of Fugue, received both the
Diapason d'Or and Choc du Monde de la Musique awards, debuted at No. 1 on
Billboard's classical chart, and topped iTunes's classical album download chart.
In recent years, Mr. Aimard has been honored with ECHO Klassik awards, most recently in
2009 for his recording of solo piano pieces, Hommage à Messiaen.That same year, he was also presented with Germany's
Schallplattenkritik Honorary Prize. His Ives: Concord Sonata / Songs recording
received a Grammy Award in 2005.
Further releases for DG-including The Liszt Project in 2011 and Debussy Préludes
in 2012-are joined by a new recording of Bach'sWell-Tempered Clavier, Book I,
which was released last summer.