The temptation to pigeonhole artists can be hard to resist. Throughout Pierre-Laurent
Aimard's unique career there are landmarks which might initially invite such a
labelling: winning first prize in the 1973 Messiaen Competition and his association
with that composer's music ever since; being appointed at the age of just 19 by
Pierre Boulez to become the Ensemble InterContemporain's solo pianist; Aimard's
extremely close collaboration, since the mid-1980s, with Gyorgi Ligeti, including
being chosen by the great composer to record his complete works, and being the
dedicatee of several of his Etudes. Pierre-Laurent Aimard is without doubt a key
figure in the new music world.
But it has always been a driving force in Aimard's professional musical life to
explore as broad a range as possible of music from different ages and sources.
He continually strives to illuminate the importance of historical, musical and
cultural contexts as well as influences between composers both within and between
generations and centuries.
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Meet the Musician: Emil de Cou on Pierre-Laurent Aimard