Martha Argerich, born in Buenos Aires, won First Prize in the 7th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1965). One of the world’s most brilliant pianists, she is enthusiastically received for her interpretations of the virtuoso piano literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her broad repertoire includes works by Bach, Bartók, Beethoven, Messiaen, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Franck, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and many others.

She began learning piano at the age of five with Vincenzo Scaramuzza. She performed as a child prodigy, before moving to Europe in 1955 to continue her education in London, Vienna and Switzerland, with Bruno Seidlhofer, Friedrich Gulda, Nikita Magaloff, Arturo Benedetto Michelangeli and Stefan Askenase.

She has worked with the most outstanding orchestras, conductors and music festivals in the world. Chamber music also plays an important part in her artistic activities. She has worked with the greatest musicians alive: pianists Nelson Freire, Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich, Evgeny Kissin, Alexandre Rabinovitch and Mikhail Pletnev, cellist Mischa Maisky, the violinists Ivry Gitlis, Itzhak Perlman and Gidon Kremer and many others.

She has made numerous recordings for EMI, Sony, Philips, Teldec and DGG, winning prestigious awards.

Since 1998, she has been artistic director of the Beppu Festival in Japan. In 1999 she created the Martha Argerich International Piano Competition and Festival in Buenos Aires, and in 2002 the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano.

Her many awards and distinctions include the Officer’s Cross (1996) and Commander’s Cross (2004) of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the award of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1997), the Order of the Rising Sun with Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan and the ‘Praemium Imperiale’ of the Japanese Arts Association (2005).

She is a frequent guest of the ‘Chopin and his Europe’ festival organised by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw, and the audio and video releases of those performances have caused a sensation on the international music scene. They include Juliusz Zarębski’s Quintet in G minor and Argerich’s first recording on historical piano of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Frans Brüggen’s Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.

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