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Ligeti 100: Deep Dive

Sat 14 Oct, from 1pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer
Classical music
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Explore the life and work of pioneering composer György Ligeti in a deep-dive afternoon of free talks and events marking 100 years since his birth.

Ligeti 100 is a day of events celebrating the life, work and legacy of one of the 20th century’s most influential composers.

It starts and ends with ticketed concerts in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and you can find out more by following the links further down this page.

In between the two performances in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer is open for everyone to dive into the unique sounds and the eventful life of Ligeti with speakers and musicians sharing their memories and expertise.

2.15pm: Welcome

2.30pm: London Sinfonietta Players and Students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance perform Ligeti's Ramifications

2.45pm: Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard appears in conversation about his two performances on the day and his collaboration with the composer

3.30pm: A tour through the composer's life and work with his biographer Professor Richard Steinitz

5.15pm: A panel discussion on the composer's works and legacy

6pm: London Sinfonietta Players perform Poème Symphonique, Ligeti's infamous work for 100 metronomes, together with public participants

  • London Sinfonietta
  • Students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Drama
  • Pierre-Laurent Aimard speaker
  • Richard Steinitz speaker
  • Patrick Dawkins speaker
  • Elena Dubinets speaker
  • Ligeti: Ramifications; Poème symphonique for 100 metronomes

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 7+

In addition to these free events, Ligeti’s centenary is celebrated at ticketed performances by Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the London Sinfonietta.
Queen Elizabeth Hall at 1pm: Ligeti 100: Pierre-Laurent in Recital
Queen Elizabeth Hall at 7.30pm: Ligeti 100: London Sinfonietta & Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Dates & times

Sat 14 Oct, from 1pm

Approximate run time: 7 hours 30 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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