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May 23, 2015
Pierre-Laurent Aimard interview on bringing György Ligeti's work to life

Among other activities this summer, Aimard following up this coming Thursday’s performance of Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony at the Royal Festival Hall with his usual blizzard of concerts at the Aldeburgh Festival, of which he has for six years been the artistic director. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, in tandem with Germany’s Ruhr Piano Festival, he’s launching the English version of an interactive online project through which the extraordinary piano music of Gyorgy Ligeti will be brought to a new and much wider audience.

March 20, 2015
Musicians Discuss the Influence of Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez, the distinguished composer, conductor, pianist and theorist, turns 90 on Thursday. He’s peerlessly influential, yes — but how, exactly? Six musicians explored the different facets of that influence in interviews; their replies have been condensed and edited.

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.