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Pierre-Laurent Aimard to be new artistic director of Aldeburgh

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the renouned French pianist and conductor will succeed Thomas Adès as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival for three years with effect from 2009.

Jonathan Reekie, Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music said: "After an inspirational ten years with Thomas Adès at the helm, in our search for a replacement we were looking for an outstanding, original musician and programmer, who would both respect the Aldeburgh traditions but also stamp their mark on the Festival. In Pierre-Laurent Aimard we have all those qualities, rare in one person - a brilliant performer with a flair for creating concerts and Festivals. His performances here have been the talk of recent Aldeburgh Festivals and we are very much looking forward to working with him."


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