11 JUN 2018 (MON), 7:30PM
ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL
Martha Argerich, a living piano legend, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She began her first piano lessons at age five with Vincenzo Scaramuzza. Recognized as a child prodigy, her public performances soon began. In 1955, she moved to Europe and continued her studies in London, Vienna and in Switzerland with Bruno Seidlhofer, Friedrich Gulda, Nikita Magaloff, Madeleine Lippati and Stefan Askenase. In 1957, she won the Bolzano and Geneva Piano Competitions, and in 1965 the Warsaw International Chopin Competition. Since then, she has been one of the most prominent pianists in the world both in popularity and ability.
Martha Argerich is renowned for her performance of the virtuoso piano literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. Her extensive repertoire includes Bach and Bartók, Beethoven and Messiaen, as well as Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Franck, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. She is permanently on the invite lists of the most prestigious orchestras, conductors and music festivals in Europe, Japan and America.
Chamber music takes a significant part of her musical life. She regularly plays and records with Nelson Freire,, Alexander Rabinowitch, Mischa Maisky, Gidon Kremer and Daniel Barenboim.
Martha Argerich has recorded for EMI, Sony, Philips, Teldec and Deutsche Grammophon (DGG) and many of her performances have been broadcasted on television worldwide. She has received many awards: a Grammy Award for Bartók and Prokofiev Concertos, “Grammophon – Artist of the Year”, “Best Piano Concerto Recording of the Year” for Chopin concertos, “Choc” of the Monde de la Musique for her Amsterdam’s recital, “Künstler des Jahres Deutscher Schallplatten Kritik”, Grammy Award for Prokofiev’s Cinderella with Mikhail Pletnev and another Grammy Award for Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Claudio Abbado (DGG / Best Instrumental Soloist Performance), “Sunday Times – Record of the Year” and BBC Music Magazine Award for her Shostakovich recording (EMI, 2007).
Since 1998 she has been the Artistic Director of the Beppu Festival in Japan. In 1999 she created the International Piano Competition and Festival Martha Argerich in Buenos Aires, and in June 2002 the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano.
Martha Argerich has received numerous distinctions, including: “Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres” in 1996 and “Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres ” in 2004 by the French Government, “Accademica di Santa Cecilia” in Rome in 1997, “Musician of the Year” by Musical America 2001,”The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette” by the Japanese Emperor, the prestigious “Praemium Imperiale” by the Japan Art Association in 2005, and the Kennedy Center Honors by Barack Obama in December 2016.