Pierre-Laurent Aimard is respected throughout the world as a first-rate interpreter of piano music in general and as a leading advocate of contemporary music in particular, both in the concert hall and on the basis of his impressive discography. In recognition of his musical achievements, he was awarded the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2017.
Born in Lyons in 1957, Aimard studied with Yvonne Loriod at the Paris conservatory and with Maria Curcio in London. At the age of sixteen, he won the 1973 Messiaen Competition and, just three years later, was invited by Pierre Boulez to become the solo pianist with the Ensemble InterContemporain.
Aimard forged close ties not only with Boulez, but also with many other composers, including Kurtág, Stockhausen, Carter and Ligeti (whose piano music Aimard has promoted at www.explorethescore.org since 2015).
In addition to his career as a concert artist, he has become an inspiring teacher at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne and in numerous lectures and workshops.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is delighted to be collaborating with Aimard as its artist in residence in the 2018–19 season. The French pianist made his first appearance with the orchestra in 1987, and has returned frequently since 1995. Most recently, in September 2012, he gave an awe-inspiring performance of Le désenchantement du monde by his compatriot Tristan Murail.