October 10, 2016
Solo Recitals in Amsterdam, Lugano, Parma, Cambridge, and Luxembourg

Pierre-Laurent presents recitals in four European cities over the course of a week, with stops at Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ on October 15, the Lugano Festival in Switzerland on October 18, the Teatro Farnese in Parma on October 19, the Penthouse Theatre at the University of Cambridge on October 21, and the Philharmonie Luxembourg on October 23.

The Amsterdam, Lugano, Parma, and Luxembourg programs feature a series of short works by György Kurtág (including Passio sine nomine, a piece specifically dedicated to Aimard by the composer), Robert Schumann, and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, highlighting the musical connections between these three composers who lived and worked during diverse musical eras. Select recital programs also include works by Chopin, Boulez, and Messiaen. The Parma recital features the Italian premiere of Julian Anderson’s Sensation. At the University of Cambridge, Aimard performs Messiaen’s evening-length Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus, the composer's meditation on the infancy of Jesus.

Find more information and tickets to these performances on Aimard’s calendar.

August 23, 2016
Hommage à Pierre Boulez with Tamara Stefanovich at Musikfest Berlin

On September 12, Pierre-Laurent Aimard joins pianist Tamara Stefanovich in Berlin to showcase the works of Pierre Boulez, a composer with whom he has enjoyed a long and exceptionally rich personal and professional history. At the age of 19, at the composer-conductor’s invitation, Aimard became a founding member of Ensemble Intercontemporain, Boulez’s IRCAM-based chamber orchestra, and he played with the group for many years, participating in a number of major premieres.

The two pianists present Boulez’s complete works for solo piano as well as his Structures: Deuxieme Livre for two pianos. Aimard and Stefanovich previously toured this program to the United States and Europe during the 2014-15 concert season.

Find tickets and more information here about this performance, presented under the auspices of Musikfest Berlin.

August 9, 2016
Homage to Kurtág and Schumann

Pierre-Laurent Aimard joins violist Antoine Tamestit and clarinetist and composer Mark Simpson in three European cities for a tribute to Hungarian composer György Kurtág — presented during the Hungarian composer’s 90th birthday season — and Robert Schumann. The program includes Mark Simpson’s own Hommage à KurtágHommage à Gyorgy Kurtág by Marco Stroppa, a long-time collaborator of Aimard’s, and as Kurtág’s own Hommage à Robert Schumann. To round out the program, Aimard presents solo excerpts of Kurtág’s Játékok and Schumann’s Bunte Blätter and is joined by Simpson and Tamestit for Schumann’s richly imaginative Märchenbilder for viola and piano and Märchenerzählungen for clarinet, viola and piano.

The three musicians make stops at the Edinburgh International Festival on August 12, the Salzburg Festival on August 14, the Kölner Philharmonie on September 21, and Strasbourg's Festival Musica on September 25, where they will perform a modified version of the program.