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Pierre-Laurent Aimard


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Pierre-Laurent Aimard (born 9 September 1957) is a French pianist. He was born in Lyon, where he entered the conservatory. Later he studied with Yvonne Loriod.

In 1973, he was awarded the chamber music prize of the Paris Conservatoire. In the same year he won the first prize at the international Olivier Messiaen Competition. In 1977, at the invitation of Pierre Boulez, he became a founding member of the Ensemble InterContemporain.

Aimard has collaborated with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, André Previn, James Levine, Andrew Davis, David Robertson, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He made his American debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the age of twenty, performing the piano solo part in Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie.

Aimard is particularly committed to contemporary music. He was the soloist in several premieres of works such as Répons by Pierre Boulez, Klavierstück XIV by Karlheinz Stockhausen, and the eleventh and thirteenth piano études of György Ligeti. One of his most notable recordings is that of the first two books of Ligeti’s piano études. He has also performed the work of contemporary composers such as George Benjamin and Marco Stroppa. Aimard was one of Carnegie Hall’s “Perspectives” artists for the 2006-2007 concert season, where he programmed his own series of concerts.

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    this guy's ligeti etudes are amazing. my god

    17 Apr 2014 Reply
  • ut0

    He should do a Mosolov album!

    31 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Pdna2

    Yes he does. It's strange, though, that they don't have his well known and important versions of Ligeti's Etudes.

    20 Jan 2011 Reply
  • otisagabey

    He knows what he is doing.

    24 Dec 2008 Reply