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Aimard on Boulez: A Tribute on the Composer's 90th / San Francisco Classical Voice

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On the eve of composer and conductor Pierre Boulez's 90th birthday, pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich bring an all-Boulez program to Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley on March 12. The duo, known for their expertise in Boulez, will play a program of seminal piano works by Boulez, who will turn 90 on March 26, which include the rigorous Structures, Book Two, and Notations. While Aimard is no stranger to San Francisco concert audiences, the Zellerbach Hall appearance marks his Berkeley debut and that of Stefanovich, his professional and personal partner.

Aimard's rich history with Boulez goes back to 1976 when at age 19, at the French composer's invitation, Aimard became a founding member of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Boulez' IRCAM-based chamber orchestra in Paris. Aimard, 57, played with the group for many years in a number of major premieres. Reached by telephone in Paris, Aimard said he never wondered if his career might have followed a different path had he not met Boulez. "The direction was very clear at the start," said the Lyon-born musician. "I wanted to play old and new music, and I'm still doing that."   READ THE FULL San Francisco Classical Voice ARTICLE