Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Biography

Born: 1957; France  
Pierre-Laurent Aimard is one of the leading pianists associated with the mainstream European avant-garde of the last third of the twentieth century and the early twenty-first century.

As a student at the Paris Conservatory, he won four first prizes. His teacher was Yvonne Loriod, wife of the composer and theory teacher Olivier Messiaen.

Aimard's studies with Loriod gave him a close association with Messiaen, resulting in Aimard
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After graduation from the Paris Conservatory, Aimard went on to London for further studies with Maria Curcia. At Curcia's suggestion, Aimard went to Budapest, Hungary, to pursue composition studies with György Kurtág, one of that country's leading "advanced" composers.

In 1973, Aimard won first prize at the Olivier Messiaen International Competition, and shortly thereafter began his international concert career. His recitals were noted for their evenly balanced emphasis on the traditional repertoire and the newest music, often illuminating similarities and links between them.

In 1976, Pierre Boulez, at this point an internationally famous conductor who had left the podium of the New York Philharmonic to take over the new IRCAM organization in Paris, suggested the founding of an ensemble to be permanently attached to it. Upon receiving government approval, he established Ensemble Intercontemporain, one of the leading avant-garde ensembles in the world, inviting Aimard to become its regular pianist. Aimard accepted, remaining in that position for eighteen years.

During the Ensemble's appearances in America in 1986, he performed as soloist in Boulez' composition Répons in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and Chicago. In 1988 at the B.A.M. concerts in New York he performed Messiaen's Oiseaux Exotiques and Philippe Manoury's Partition du Ciel et de l'Enfer in Carnegie Hall. He has also appeared as a piano soloist in concerto performances of traditional repertory. In that capacity he has performed with many of the world's great orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony, London Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Orchestre de Paris and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. His appearances in international music festivals tend to center on unusual repertory; he has played at Tanglewood, Salzburg, the Berlin Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Autumn Festival of Paris, and the Cologne Triennial Festival.

Upon leaving the Ensemble Intercontemporain, he announced a concert series in Paris and Lyon called "Piano in the 20th Century." In the course of its eight concerts, he presented 24 works in diverse twentieth century styles. He followed the success of this venture with several other such concert series, including one devoted to duet performances, another tracing the influence of Johann Sebastian Bach over the centuries, and an innovative exploration of music in time and space that combined ancient music, ethnic music forms, classical music, and film music. Conductors in that series included Kent Nagano, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Pierre Boulez, and Peter Eotvos.

He has recorded extensively on the Deutsche Grammophon, Erato, Sony, and Auvidis labels, among others. For Sony he has undertaken a series of recordings of the complete piano music of Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti.

In addition, he has produced television films popularizing and explaining music of his time. Read less

Biography

Born: 1957; France  
Pierre-Laurent Aimard is one of the leading pianists associated with the mainstream European avant-garde of the last third of the twentieth century and the early twenty-first century.

As a student at the Paris Conservatory, he won four first prizes. His teacher was Yvonne Loriod, wife of the composer and theory teacher Olivier Messiaen.

Aimard's studies with Loriod gave him a close association with Messiaen, resulting in Aimard
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In C (WTK, Book I, No.1), BWV 846 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In C (WTK, Book I, No.1), BWV 846 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In C Minor (WTK, Book I, No.2), BWV 847 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In C Minor (WTK, Book I, No.2), BWV 847 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In C Sharp (WTK, Book, No.3), BWV 848 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In C Sharp (WTK, Book, No.3), BWV 848 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In C Sharp Minor (WTK, Book I, No.4), BWV 849 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In C Sharp Minor (WTK, Book I, No.4), BWV 849 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In D (WTK, Book I, No.5), BWV 850 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In D (WTK, Book I, No.5), BWV 850 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In D Minor (WTK, Book I, No.6), BWV 851 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In D Minor (WTK, Book I, No.6), BWV 851 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In E Flat (WTK, Book I, No.7), BWV 852 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In E Flat (WTK, Book I, No.7), BWV 852 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In E Flat Minor / D Sharp Minor (WTK, Book I, No. 8), BWV 853 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In E Flat Minor / D Sharp Minor (WTK, Book I, No. 8), BWV 853 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In E (WTK, Book I, No.9), BWV 854 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In E (WTK, Book I, No.9), BWV 854 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In E Minor (WTK, Book I, No.10), BWV 855 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In E Minor (WTK, Book I, No.10), BWV 855 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In F (WTK, Book I, No.11), BWV 856 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In F (WTK, Book I, No.11), BWV 856 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In F Minor (WTK, Book I, No.12), BWV 857 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In F Minor (WTK, Book I, No.12), BWV 857 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In F Sharp (WTK, Book I, No.13), BWV 858 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In F Sharp (WTK, Book I, No.13), BWV 858 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In F Sharp Minor (WTK, Book I, No.14), BWV 859 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In F Sharp Minor (WTK, Book I, No.14), BWV 859 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In G (WTK, Book I, No.15), BWV 860 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In G (WTK, Book I, No.15), BWV 860 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In G Minor (WTK, Book I, No.16), BWV 861 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In G Minor (WTK, Book I, No.16), BWV 861 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In A Flat (WTK, Book I, No.17), BWV 862 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In A Flat (WTK, Book I, No.17), BWV 862 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In G Sharp Minor (WTK, Book I, No.18), BWV 863 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In G Sharp Minor (WTK, Book I, No.18), BWV 863 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In A (WTK, Book I, No.19), BWV 864 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In A (WTK, Book I, No.19), BWV 864 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In A Minor (WTK, Book I, No.20), BWV 865 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In A Minor (WTK, Book I, No.20), BWV 865 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In B Flat (WTK, Book I, No.21), BWV 866 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In B Flat (WTK, Book I, No.21), BWV 866 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In B Flat Minor (WTK, Book I, No.22), BWV 867 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In B Flat Minor (WTK, Book I, No.22), BWV 867 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In B (WTK, Book I, No.23), BWV 868 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In B (WTK, Book I, No.23), BWV 868 - Fugue
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In B Minor (WTK, Book I, No.24), BWV 869 - Prelude
J.S. Bach: Prelude And Fugue In B Minor (WTK, Book I, No.24), BWV 869 - Fugue
Ravel: Miroirs - 1. Noctuelles
Ravel: Miroirs - 2. Oiseaux tristes
Ravel: Miroirs - 3. Une barque sur l'océan
Ravel: Miroirs - 4. Alborada del gracioso
Ravel: Miroirs - 5. La vallée des cloches
1. Danseuses de Delphes
2. Voiles
3. Le vent dans la plaine
4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
5. Les collines d'Anacapri
6. Des pas sur la neige
7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
9. La sérénade interrompue
10. La cathédrale engloutie
11. La danse de Puck
12. Minstrels
1. Brouillards
2. Feuilles mortes
3. La puerta del vino
4. "Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses"
5. Bruyères
6. "General Lavine" - eccentric
7. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
8. Ondine
9. Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq., P.P.M.P.C.
10. Canope
11. Les tierces alternées
12. Feux d'artifice
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Lento assai - Allegro energico - Grandioso
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Cantando espressivo -
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Andante sostenuto - Quasi Adagio
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Allegro energico - Stretta quasi Presto - Presto - Prestisssimo - Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Lento assai
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 1. Allegramente
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 2. Adagio assai
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 3. Presto
Ravel: Miroirs - 1. Noctuelles
Ravel: Miroirs - 2. Oiseaux tristes
Ravel: Miroirs - 3. Une barque sur l'océan
Ravel: Miroirs - 4. Alborada del gracioso
Ravel: Miroirs - 5. La vallée des cloches
Assai lento - Allegro molto
Lento ma non troppo
Allegro ma non troppo
1. La colombe
2. Chant d'extase dans un paysage triste
3. Le nombre léger
4. Instants défunts
5. Les sons impalpables du rêve
6. Cloches d'angoisse et larmes d'adieu
7. Plainte calme
8. Un reflet dans le vent
1. Fantasque - Modéré
2. Très vif
3. Assez lent
4. Rythmique
5. Doux et improvisé
6. Rapide
7. Hiératique
8. Modéré jusqu'à très vif
9. Lointain - Calme
10. Mécanique er très sec
11. Scintillant
12. Lent - Puissant et âpre
Chapitre I
Chapitre II (Pièces 1-2, Encarts 1-4, Textes 1-6)
1. Etwas lebhaft
2. Sehr langsam
3. Sehr rasch
1. Fantasque - Modéré
2. Très vif
3. Assez lent
4. Rythmique
5. Doux et improvisé
6. Rapide
7. Hiératique
8. Modéré jusqu'à très vif
9. Lointain - Calme
10. Mécanique er très sec
11. Scintillant
12. Lent - Puissant et âpre
Chapitre I
Chapitre II (Pièces 1-2, Encarts 1-4, Textes 1-6)
1. Sehr mäßig
2. Sehr schwungvoll
1. Etwas lebhaft
2. Sehr langsam
3. Sehr rasch
1. Vivace molto ritmico e preciso - attacca subito:
2. Lento e deserto
3. Vivace cantabile
4. Allegro risoluto, molto ritmico - attacca subito:
5. Presto luminoso: fluido, costante, sempre molto ritmico


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