Pierre-Laurent Aimard: adventure in piano mysticism

“Aimard has been closely associated with some of the giants of modernist composition. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Messiaen’s pianist wife Yvonne Loriod — for whom the composer had earlier written Vingt Regards — and became a renowned interpreter in his own right of Messiaen’s piano music. At 19 he was invited by Pierre Boulez to be the piano soloist with his Ensemble InterContemporain. His formidable repertoire includes work by the leading figures of music’s avant-garde, including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Elliott Carter and Gyorgy Ligeti.” – The Australian