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Martha Argerich

  • Pianist

About

Martha Argerich, three-time Grammy Award winner, has been regarded as one of the greatest concert pianist and recording artists of all times. She has been compared to the piano legends like Vladimir Horowitz, Sergey Rachmaninov and Arturo Benedetti Michelandgeli.

Martha Argerich's numerous recordings include works by Bach, Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Falla, Franck, Hayden, Liszt, Lutoslawski, Paganini, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky. All Martha Argerich's recordings have earned her a unanimous praise from the audiences and critics alike.

Martha Argerich was born in Buenos Aires. From the age of five, she took piano lessons with Vicenzo Scaramuzza. In 1955 she went to Europe with her family, and received tuition from Friedrich Gulda in Vienna; her teachers also included Nikita Magaloff and Stefan Askenase. Following her first prizes in the piano competitions in Bolzano and Geneva in 1957, she embarked on an intensive programme of concerts. Her victory in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1965 was a decisive step on her path to worldwide recognition.