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Ivo Pogorelich

  • Pianist

Biography

Ivo Pogorelich debuts in London, Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome, Tel Aviv and New York’s Carnegie Hall are legend. He performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, all London orchestras, Tonhalle Zurich, Orchestre de Paris, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic to name just a few. The New York Times once wrote: "he played each note exactly, with such feeling, such expression. He was an entire orchestra".
After a more silent period, Ivo Pogorelich returned to Warsaw in 2007 for a celebrated recital. He performed there again in August and October 2008 and played recitals in Lisbon, Istanbul, Athens, Monte Carlo, Paris, Vienna, Baden-Baden, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Edinburgh and Monteux Festival recently. Future engagement include concerts and in recitals at Milan, Dublin, London. Paris, Vienna and tours to Japan and South America.
Ivo Pogorelich supports young musicians. In 1986 he established a foundation in Croatia to raise funds for scholarships for young artists. Since 1989 the annual Ivo Pogorelich Festival has the aim of supporting promising young musicians at the beginning of their careers by giving them the opportunity to perform together with renowned artists. In 1994 the pianist set up a foundation in Sarajevo to raise money to build a hospital and to provide medical support for the people of Sarajevo.

Ivo Pogorelich also gives many charity concerts in support of, for example, the Red Cross, the rebuilding of Sarajevo, or the fight against illnesses such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. In 1988 he was named an "Ambassador of Goodwill" by UNESCO.
Ivo Pogorelich became an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist in 1982. He has made over 15 recordings with DGG, such as Mozart Piano Sonatas, Bach Suites, Liszt and Scriabin Piano Sonatas and the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1. In 2006 the DGG started publishing this material on DVD, beginning with Bach, Scarlatti and Beethoven and will publishing further material over the next years.