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February 26, 2016
Messiaen, Ravel, and Boulez in Australia

Pierre-Laurent Aimard makes his way to Sydney and Melbourne in March for orchestral concerts and recitals in both cities. On March 9, 11, and 12, he joins the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Robertson for performances of Des canyons aux étoiles, Messaien’s twelve-movement ode to Utah's Bryce Canyon, accompanied by a special visual production by landscape photographer Deborah O’Grady. He then performs Boulez’s Dérive I with Sydney Symphony Orchestra musicians on March 13 as part of an evening of chamber music at Carriageworks.

A March 14 recital at Sydney’s City Recital Hall features a complete presentation of Messiaen's Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus, the composer's meditation on the infancy of Jesus. Aimard reprises this work during the following week at the Melbourne Recital Centre on March 20. Concerts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on March 18, 19, and 21 feature Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis.

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February 18, 2016
Beethoven with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and a Kurtág Celebration

Continuing his season-long focus on the Beethoven piano concertos — including a full cycle as the Wiener Symphoniker’s 2015-16 artist-in-residence — Pierre-Laurent Aimard appears with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra on February 18 for the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 4 under the baton of Susanna Mälkki. Find tickets and additional information here.

Later in the week, he joins celebrations at the Budapest Music Center honoring the 90th birthday of Gyorgy Kurtág. On February 19 he performs the Hungarian composer’s ...quasi una fantasia..., Op. 27, No. 1 with the Concerto Budapest and conductor András Keller. On the following evening, he takes part in "Kurtág Home Video” with the premiere of the composer’s Passio sine nomine — which was written for him by the composer — as well as a performance of …couple égyptien en route vers l’inconnu… […an Egyptian couple on the way to the unknown…] alongside a short documentary film by Judit Kurtág. Find more information here.

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February 6, 2016
Performing Stockhausen and Beethoven at Alte Oper Frankfurt

Continuing his season-long focus on the works of Stockhausen and Beethoven, Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs solo works by both composers at the Alte Oper Frankfurt on Thursday, February 11 and Friday, February 12 as part of evening programs presented by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Andrés Orozco-Estrada. On February 11, Aimard presents accounts of Stockhausen's Klavierstück XI and Beethoven’s “Eroica" Variations, interspersed with performances by the orchestra of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3. On the following evening, his interpretations of Stockhausen’s Klavierstück IX and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, “Appassionata” are paired with Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5.

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