July 14, 2016
Bach and Kurtág at Aschaffenburg Bachtage

Pierre-Laurent Aimard visits Aschaffenburg, Germany on Saturday, July 30 for a complete performance of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, continuing a multi-season tour of the collection that he released on Deutsche Gramophone in 2014. The recital program also includes select works by György Kurtág in celebration of the composer’s 90th birthday this season.

Find more information about this concert here, which is presented under the auspices of the Aschaffenburg Bachtage.

June 30, 2016
Beethoven Sonatas at Styriarte

On the heels of his eighth and final season as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival, Pierre-Laurent Aimard returns to Styriarte, the annual music festival in Graz, Austria, for an evening of Beethoven sonatas in Helmut List Halle on Thursday, July 14. The Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, “Appassionata” is bookended by the Sonata No. 7 in D Major and the Sonata No. 31 in A flat Major. Find tickets and more information here.

Watch a video here of Aimard’s full performance of the Appassionata at the Alte Oper Frankfurt in February, presented by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony.

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.