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October 31, 2014
Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard talks about taking time off for Bach

Pierre-Laurent Aimard is a thinker at the piano and a champion of contemporary music. Not until six years ago, already well-established in his career, did he make his first foray into Bach with “ The Art of Fugue .” Now, he has returned to that composer; he is touring with Book I of “The Well-Tempered Clavier” after taking a sabbatical from performing to immerse himself in the music. On Friday, he is coming to the Library of Congress with a program focusing on fugues, juxtaposing pieces from “The Well-Tempered Clavier” with works by Beethoven and Brahms. Last month, he spoke on the phone about Bach, about taking time off from performing and about his new baby, Arthur, born in August, with Tamara Stefanovich , an adventurous pianist in her own right.

August 3, 2013
In a time of Babel, the pianist as polyglot

The French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard is deeply admired for his interpretations of modern masters such as Ligeti and Messiaen, and has in recent years been broadening his central repertoire, reaching back to the music of Bach and Mozart with the same sense of intellectual and spiritual penetration.

November 27, 2012
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Reflects on the Rite of Spring in the Huffington Post

In June of 1912, a legendary meeting occurred between composers Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky. In preparation for the premiere of Stravinsky's masterpiece The Rite of Spring, the two composers sat down at the piano and played through -- (without rehearsing! ) -- the first half of the ballet. An observer, Louis Laloy, was left in shock: "We were dumbstruck, overwhelmed by this hurricane which had come from the depths of the ages, and which had taken life by the roots."

November 21, 2012
"Aimard to show quintessential contemporary classical music" with debut Seoul recital

"French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, widely hailed as the guardian of modern piano compositions, will be performing for the first time in Korea at LG Arts Center in southern Seoul" wrote Korea's Herald. "A master of Gyrgy Ligeti, a well-known composer who was Aimard’s teacher, he is expected to woo his Korean audience into the world of modern music with his transparent and honest approach ... He does not reflect subjectivity in his playing. He breaks down the piece note by note and assembles them without reflecting his interpretation.