Pierre-Laurent Aimard

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. Musical visionary and a pioneer artist renowned for his revelatory insights, he was awarded the prestigious 2017 International Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in recognition of a life devoted to the service of music. Aimard has close collaborations with many leading composers including Ligeti, Kurtág, Stockhausen, Carter, Boulez and George Benjamin.

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 at major concert halls and festivals throughout Europe and the US. From 2009 to 2016 Aimard was the Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival.

This season, Aimard continues his three year residency at Southbank Centre, curating a whole weekend dedicated to the music of Stockhausen. As Artist in Residence at the Royal Concertgebouw this season, Aimard tours with the Orchestra to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts and to Naples. He is also resident at the Edinburgh International Festival and Konzerthaus Vienna. Recitals and orchestral performances include concerts at Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, Vienna and New York, to mention but a few.

Aimard has made many highly successful recordings. His recent recording of the complete ‘Catalogue d’oiseaux’, released in Spring 2018, has been highly praised by critics and audiences worldwide. His recent Elliott Carter recording was honoured with the BBC Music Magazine Jury Award in 2018. In recent years Pierre-Laurent received a Grammy award in 2005 for his recording of Ives’ ‘Concord Sonata and Songs’ and he was also presented with Germany’s Schallplattenkritik Honorary Prize in 2009.

Born in Lyon in 1957, Pierre-Laurent Aimard studied in Paris and London. Early career landmarks included winning first prize in the 1973 Messiaen Competition and being appointed, three years later, by Pierre Boulez to become the Ensemble Intercontemporain’s first solo pianist. Through his professorship at the Hochschule Köln as well as numerous series of concert lectures and workshops worldwide, he sheds an inspiring and very personal light on music of all periods.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard beim Beethovenfest