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Kravis Nightcap: Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Joachim Kühn

Nov 04

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, one of the leading interpreters of 20th- and 21st-century music, is joined by jazz pianist Joachim Kühn for an unfettered session of spontaneous jazz-inflected improvisation and inventive musical dialogue, using Ligeti’s Études and Musica ricercata as their musical foundation.

Aimard reprises the Études and performs Ligeti's Piano Concerto in upcoming concerts this season as part of our celebration of the composer's centennial.



10:30 PM




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Kenneth C. Griffin Sidewalk Studio, David Geffen Hall

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This concert will not be streamed on the Hauser Digital Wall.


  • Pierre-Laurent Aimard


    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.

    Learn more about Pierre-Laurent Aimard
  • Joachim Kühn


    Pianist Joachim Kühn is one of the few global German jazz stars. With his playing style — which transcends all categories — he has made his mark as a world-class musician, and he has blazed entirely new trails in contemporary jazz. A musical cosmopolitan, Kühn sees himself in the jazz tradition while also maintaining a close relationship with European concert music. Committed to a contemporary sound, he combines vehemence and sensitivity, masterly craftsmanship and imagination, plus an unmistakable touch and an unerring sense of dynamics. Whether in interplay with his longtime musical partners, in ever new and often unusually challenging constellations, or performing on his own in his solo concerts, Kühn makes music an event.

    Learn more about Joachim Kühn

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November 2–4
Mälkki Conducts Pictures at an Exhibition

Susanna Mälkki conducts Musorgsky and Hungarian composers Liszt, Bartók, and Ligeti.

November 7
Artist Spotlight: Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Ligeti’s Etudes, juxtaposed with works reflecting their cultural inspirations.

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