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Pierre-Laurent Aimard Awarded 2017 Ernst Von Siemens Music Prize

Magazine article Gramophone

Pierre-Laurent Aimard Awarded 2017 Ernst Von Siemens Music Prize

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Worth 250,000 euros, the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize is awarded annually, 'for a life devoted to the service of music', with its previous recipients including Benjamin Britten, Leonard Bernstein and Pierre Boulez. This year the recipient is the French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

Aimard is renowned for the breadth of the repertoire of which he is a master, from Bach to Ligeti and almost everything in between. He has won

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