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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January 27, 2016
Announcing the 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 (Jun 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 coat. Precluding this day of performance, Aimard presents "From Birdsong to Music”, a demonstration of how Messiaen transcribed the sounds he heard into musical notation (June 17), and joins Tamara Stefanovich for a series of Catalogue d’Oiseaux-focused public masterclasses (June 14-18).

Aimard also performs Berg's Chamber Concerto with Thomas Zehetmair (June 15); a solo recital featuring UK premieres by György Kurtág, Marco Stroppa, and George Benjamin (June 24); works by Featured Composers Julian Anderson, Rebecca Saunders and Benedict Mason with Tamara Stefanovich and the Arditti Quartet (June 25); and excerpts from books III–VI of Bartók’s Mikrokosmos with Tamara Stefanovich, Håkon Austbø, Emanuel Ax, and Lorenzo Souls (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 Bestride, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Britten Sinfonia. Find a full calendar here.

January 22, 2016
Exploring Stockhausen’s Klavierstücke and More in Paris and Grenoble

Continuing his season-long focus on the piano works of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Aimard presents the Klavierstücke I - XI on January 29 at Paris’s Cité de la Musique, as well as Mantra with pianist Tamara Stefanovich and Marco Stroppa handling electronics. On January 27, he also presents a lesson examining the Klavierstücke through lecture and the performance of musical examples.

At the Maison de la culture de Grenoble the following week, Aimard presents a lecture-recital exploring the impact of architectural acoustics on composers throughout a range of historical periods, as part of a weekend of programming focusing on music and architecture. The February 2 event combines Stockhausen’s Klavierstück IX with works by Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Bartók, Boulez, and Stroppa. Find more information here.