György Ligeti at the piano (Photo: Peter Andersen/Schott Music)
György Ligeti at his desk (Photo: Jürgen Röhrscheid)
The urge to explore and invent was one of the driving forces behind the creative output of the great Hungarian composer György Ligeti (1923–2006): “It is necessary to explore connections that others have not yet recognised, to outline structures that have not so far existed.”
Ligeti’s piano music bears impressive witness to this tireless urge to depart from the well-trodden path and dares to advance into unknown territory.
Explore Ligeti’s piano music in interactive scores with Pierre-Laurent Aimard. The renowned Ligeti interpreter plays, teaches and explains selected piano etudes and pieces from the cycle Musica ricercata.
Pierre-Laurent Aimard worked closely with György Ligeti for over two decades. On this website, he shares his vast knowledge of performance practice with pianists and others and makes the composer’s unpublished performance instructions accessible.
In the project “A Year with György Ligeti”, around 400 children, teenagers and young adults engaged with the music and ideas of the Hungarian composer. The films and texts that emerged from these education projects demonstrate how young people can be introduced to Ligeti’s multifaceted music.
György Ligeti an seinem Arbeitsplatz (Foto: Jürgen Röhrscheid)