Pierre-Laurent Aimard

To be clear: I am not a conductor, and I will never be one. This is not my way of life, and I have nothing to do with that, and have no talent for that. But if you want me to give a definition to what I do, I wouldn’t say I’m a pianist - I’m a musician, and the piano happens to be my instrument. I don’t like to have one function, to give me just one perspective on music. I like to make chamber music, to be part of a group, to play song accompaniments, to teach, to speak about music. In other words, to live the phenomenon on different sides.

-an award winning French pianist (who would rather not be pigeonholed as such…even though he’s BRILLIANT on the piano)