May 26, 2016
Aldeburgh Festival 2016

Pierre-Laurent Aimard returns to the Aldeburgh Festival this summer for his eighth and final season as Artistic Director of Aldeburgh Music, running June 10 through 26.

Headlining this summer’s festival is the Catalogue d’Oiseaux project on June 19, a full day in which Aimard will bring Olivier Messiaen’s evocation of birdsong to life with performances of the entire piece over four concerts from sunrise to midnight. The performances will be set against natural panoramas, allowing audiences to hear the birds evoked by the piano alongside the songs of the myriad real birds of the Suffolk cost. Precluding this day of performance, Aimard presents "From Birdsong to Music” on June 17, a demonstration of how Messiaen transcribed the sounds he heard into musical notation, and joins Tamara Stefanovich for a series of Catalogue d’Oiseaux-focused public masterclasses, running June 14 through 18.

Aimard also performs Berg's Chamber Concerto with Thomas Zehetmair on June 15; a solo recital featuring UK premieres by György Kurtág, Marco Stroppa, and George Benjamin on June 24; a world premiere by Featured Composer Julian Anderson on June 25; and works by Ligeti, Bizet, and Bartók in a concert with pianists Tamara Stefanovich, Emanuel Ax, and Lorenzo Soules on June 26.

Other festival highlights include the newly-commissioned Illuminations which fuses music and contemporary circus performance; a residency by the French period orchestra Les Siècles, a series that juxtaposes contemporaries Benjamin Britten and Michael Tippett; and visits by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, Emanuel Ax, Ian Bostridge, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Britten Sinfonia. Find a full calendar here.

May 23, 2016
Les Noces with the Philharmonia Orchestra

Pierre-Laurent Aimard joins the Philharmonia Orchestra and principal conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen on Thursday, May 26 for Les Noces, Igor Stravinsky’s ballet and orchestral concert work evoking the story of a Russian peasant wedding. Russian theatre director Irina Brown’s semi-staged production also features choreography by Quinn Sacks, the Philharmonia Voices choir, the Soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre, and pianists Tamara Stefanovich, Nenad Lečić, and Lorenzo Soulè. Watch video commentary on this project by Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich here.

The performance — which also includes Stravinsky’s one-act operas Renard and Buffa — will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from London's Royal Festival Hall. Find more information here.

May 13, 2016
Solo Performances in Dresden and Frankfurt

Pierre-Laurent Aimard takes part in the Dresden Musikfestspiele on Sunday, May 15 with a complete performance of Catalogue des oiseaux, Messiaen’s collection of thirteen pieces for solo piano drawing form the composer’s in-depth studies of birdsong. Closing the program is a new, birdsong-inspired electroacoustic composition by Bernard Fort. Find tickets and more information here.

The following weekend, Aimard participates in "One Day in Life", a project designed by architect Daniel Libeskind and commissioned by the Alte Oper Frankfurt. Free individual performances will take place in spaces throughout Frankfurt and repeated around the clock, so as to present audiences with musical experiences beyond the boundaries of the concert hall. On Saturday, May 21, Aimard gives several repeat performances of Schubert's Sonata for Piano in G Major in the Reading Room of the German National Library. The following day, he plays Beethoven's Sonata for Piano No. 31 in A-flat Major at Boxcamp Gallus, a boxing school.