Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs throughout the world each season with major orchestras under conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gustavo Dudamel, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Peter Eötvös, and Simon Rattle. Artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival, he has also created, directed, and performed in residencies at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Lucerne Festival, Mozarteum Salzburg, Tanglewood Festival, and London’s Southbank Centre. Highlights of Mr. Aimard’s 2012–13 season include solo recitals in London, New York, Chicago, Paris, and Tokyo; concerto appearances with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Vienna Philharmonic in Salzburg; and directing concerts from the keyboard with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Born in Lyon in 1957, Pierre-Laurent Aimard studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Yvonne Loriod and in London with Maria Curcio. In 1973 he won first prize in the Messiaen Competition, and three years later Pierre Boulez appointed him to become the Ensemble Intercontemporain’s first solo pianist. He received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award in spring 2005 and was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America in 2007.
Mr. Aimard records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon. His first DG release, a recording of Bach’s Art of Fugue, received 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. He has received ECHO Classik Awards, most recently in 2009, for his recording of solo piano pieces titled Hommage à Messiaen, and he has received Germany’s Schallplattenkritik Honorary Prize and a Grammy Award. Pierre-Laurent Aimard made his New York Philharmonic debut in November–December 2002 performing Janáček’s Capriccio and Richard Strauss’s Burleske in D minor conducted by Christoph von Dohnanyi. In his most recent appearance, in December 2007, he performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Stockhausen’s Klavierstueck VIII (a solo encore performed in memory of Stockhausen, who died that week), conducted by Philippe Jordan.
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