Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Pierre-Laurent Aimard receives the Léonie Sonning Music Prize 2022

The French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard is the 8th pianist to receive Denmark’s most prominent music award. The Léonie Sonning Music Prize has been awarded since 1959, and with the prize comes 1.000.000 Danish Kroner (150.000 USD).

The Chairman for Léonie Sonning Music Foundation, Esben Tange, explains the reasons behind the choice.

”For the last 40 years, Pierre-Laurent Aimard has been one of the most groundbreaking and refined pianists. With his signature artistic style that encompasses sensible sound, a strong intellect, and a sparkling expressivity, he has been pushing the boundaries within the art of the piano. And with his visionary programs where composers from different eras are brought together, he has inspired the creation of new music, new interpretations of the classics and conveyed the qualities of lesser-known music.”

In connection with his distinction, a proud and happy Pierre-Laurent Aimard declares: 

“It is a great honor and joy to be receiving the Léonie Sonning Music Prize. I am very touched that I have been considered alongside other remarkable and distinguished artists who have had the privilege of receiving this distinction.”

The award of the prize will take place during a concert with The Royal Danish Orchestra and conductor Sylvain Cambreling on the 7th of October in DR Koncerthuset. As a part of the award ceremony, Pierre-Laurent Aimard will be celebrated with a magnificent portrait festival in Copenhagen and Aarhus from the 4th – 9th October 2022.

Read more about the festival here

Pierre-Laurent Aimard in Denmark

Throughout his career, Pierre-Laurent Aimard has regularly performed in Denmark. The first time was during a concert in 1977 as a 19-year-old where he played the solo voice in Olivier Messiaen’s orchestra piece Turangalila. Since then, Aimard has played in several concerts with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and as a soloist in piano concerts by Ravel. Recently, he gave an exclusive radio transmitted solo concert in DR Koncerthuset, exclusively with music by György Kurtág during the corona lockdown in March 2021. Pierre-Laurent Aimard has also been a soloist with Collegium Musicum with music by Stravinsky, as well as played solo recital in the Tivoli Concert Hall.

Pierre Laurant Aimard

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