Pierre-Laurent Aimard is widely acclaimed as a key figure in the music of our time and has had close collaborations with many leading composers including György Ligeti whose complete works for piano he has recorded. He has also worked with Karlheinz Stockhausen, George Benjamin, and Pierre Boulez who appointed Aimard, aged 19, to become the Ensemble intercontemporain´s first solo pianist. Praised by The Guardian as “one of the best Messiaen interpreters around” Aimard has had a close association to the composer himself and with Yvonne Loriod, with whom he studied at the Paris Conservatoire.
In the 2021/22 season he continues to tour internationally working closely with leading orchestras and conductors including Münchner Philharmoniker / Kent Nagano, Philharmonia Orchestra / Pablo Heras-Casado, hr-Sinfonieorchester / Alain Altinoglu, Wiener Symphoniker / David Afkham and San Francisco Symphony / Esa-Pekka Salonen with whom he will record Béla Bartók’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3.
In recital and chamber projects Aimard remains committed to championing contemporary composers, performing works this season by Klaus Ospald and Mark Andre. He will also give performances of Messiaen’s “Vingt Regards” at the Philharmonie de Paris and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and collaborate with leading instrumentalists Mark Simpson and Jean-Guihen Queyras for trio recitals including works by Lachenmann at the Auditorio Nacional de Música and Elbphilharmonie.
As of September 2021