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July 21, 2017
Pierre-Laurent Signs to PENTATONE

Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard has signed to the Dutch label PENTATONE.

Pierre-Laurent, on joining PENTATONE, states: “I am delighted to be starting on this new collaboration with PENTATONE and am looking forward to working on the many exciting repertoire plans that we have been discussing.” Renaud Loranger, the Dutch label's Vice President Artists and Repertoire, echoes Pierre-Laurent's sentiments: “I have long admired Pierre-Laurent’s unparalleled artistry and uncanny, fascinating intellect. It is a great privilege to be developing recording projects with him that will certainly be recognized as landmark interpretations. His appetite for repertoire, old and new is properly immense, and he will find at PENTATONE a new artistic home where he can share his captivating insights with a broad audience of connoisseurs and newcomers alike.”

The first release, scheduled for March 2018, will be a complete recording of Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux, which was inspired by the composer’s deep passion and knowledge of birdsong found in the French countryside.

This summer, Pierre-Laurent brings the Catalogue to the Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals in Lenox, MA and Highland Park, IL, respectively. He revisits the physically and mentally-demanding day-long performance which he first presented at the 2016 Aldeburgh Festival, which takes place this time at Mass Audubon's Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary over the course of three days from July 27-29, 2017.

At the 2016 Aldeburgh Festival in the UK’s Suffolk Coast, Pierre-Laurent performed selections of the Catalogue over the span of 18 hours at first light, midday, dusk and night-time. On this performance, the Guardian stated, “The pedigree of the performance was impeccable. Aimard is one of the finest Messiaen interpreters around, and the Catalogue was composed for his teacher Yvonne Loriod.”

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May 31, 2017
Pierre-Laurent Aimard to receive Ernst von Siemens Prize in June

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, named earlier this year the 2017 Ernst von Siemens Prize winner, receives the prize on Friday, 2 June at Munich’s Prinzregententheater for demonstrating a life's devotion to the service of music.

Aimard, upon receiving the prize, performs works by George Benjamin, György Kurtág, György Ligeti, Marco Stroppa, and Elliott Carter. Aimard also takes the stage with pianist Tamara Stefanovich, for a piece for four hands by Vassos Nicolaou.

German broadcasting outlet ARD highlights this momentous occasion in a radio interview here: http://www.ardmediathek.de/radio/Kulturfragen/Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikpre...

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January 26, 2017
Aimard awarded 2017 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize

Pierre-Laurent Aimard has been awarded the 2017 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. The award, which is given to artists for a life devoted to the service of music, includes a 250,000 euro grant.

Aimard takes part in a prize ceremony on 2 June 2017 at Munich's Prinzregententheater. The ceremony will include a solo performance by Aimard plus a presentation by the Munich Chamber Orchestra featuring works by Composer Prize winners. Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts President Michael Krüger will present the prizes.

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