Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival since 2009, Pierre-Laurent Aimard – the Grammy Award-winning French pianist – returns to lead the UK institution in its 66th year, which is also the centenary year of founder Benjamin Britten. The festival’s programming ranges from Bach and Byrd to Stravinsky and Shostakovich and to premieres by Elliott Carter, Jonathan Harvey, Judith Weir, Poul Ruders, Wolfgang Rihm and Magnus Lindberg, among others. Aimard himself will perform a century’s worth of works from Britten to Boulez, and will co-present a tribute to Elliott Carter with composer-conductor Oliver Knussen.
The 2013 festival features many signature works by Britten, including a concert performance of his iconic opera Peter Grimes and a host of chamber, instrumental and vocal pieces.
As pianist, Pierre-Laurent Aimard will perform in several concerts during the festival, including a duo concert with cellist Valérie Aimard, his sister. On 8 June, the two Aimards will perform pieces by Shostakovich and György Kurtág, as well as cello sonatas by Britten and Elliott Carter. On 11 June, Pierre-Laurent Aimard will give a solo recital titled Piano Century: 1913-2013, which will range from Debussy, Stravinsky, Ives and Messiaen to Cage, Ligeti and Helmut Lachenmann, along with pieces by Prokofiev, Schoenberg, Bartók, Cowell, Stockhausen, Carter, Boulez, Harrison Birtwistle, Marco Stroppa, Tristan Murail and George Benjamin. Aimard will also premiere new commissions from young composers in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program. On 15 June, he will perform Stockhausen’s Kontakte, with Samuel Favre on percussion and Marco Stroppa on sound diffusion. On 22 June Aimard will participate in three concerts, first joining pianists Tamara Stefanovich and Nenad Lecic to perform major works from 1913, then presenting a tribute to Elliott Carter with Oliver Knussen, featuring the world premiere of Carter’s Epigrams, a piano trio written for Aimard. Lastly will be a concert of 20th- and 21st-century music with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, including a world premiere by Magnus Lindberg.
Aldeburgh Festival 2013 Website