Widely acclaimed as a key figure in the music of our time, pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard has enjoyed close collaborations with many leading composers, including György Ligeti, Helmut Lachenmann, Elliott Carter, Harrison Birtwistle, György Kurtág, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Marco Stroppa, Pierre Boulez, and Olivier Messiaen. Aimard gave the world premieres of piano works by Kurtág (at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala), Carter’s last piece, Epigrams (which was written for him), and Harrison Birtwistle’s Responses, Sweet disorder, and Keyboard Engine for two pianos.
Aimard works closely with leading orchestras and conductors worldwide. Recent collaborators include the Antwerp Symphony and Phillipe Herreweghe, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (of the Netherlands) and Stéphane Denève, Deutsche Symphony Orchester Berlin and Elim Chan, Orchestre national de Lille and Alexandre Bloc, and l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Seoul Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
In celebration of Ligeti’s 100th anniversary in 2023, Aimard performs that composer’s works throughout the season, including in several events with and at the New York Philharmonic and in improvisatory explorations of the Études with acclaimed German jazz pianist Michael Wollny. Other notable highlights include the upcoming world premiere of Clara Iannotta’s Piano Concerto and the Portuguese premiere of Klaus Ospald’s Se da contra las piedras la libertad.
In September 2023 Aimard released a new recording of the complete Bartók Piano Concertos with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony. His recent albums that have met with universal critical acclaim include Visions de l’Amen with Tamara Stefanovich (2022), Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata and Eroica Variations for Pentatone (2021), and Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux (2018), which was honored with multiple awards including the prestigious German music critics’ award Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.