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Martha Argerich

Martha Argerich is an Argentinian concert pianist. Her aversion to the press and publicity has resulted in her remaining out of the limelight for most of her career. Nevertheless she is widely recognized as one of the greatest modern-day pianists.

Argerich was born in Buenos Aires and started playing the piano at age three . At age five, she moved to teacher Vincenzo Scaramuzza who stressed to her the importance of lyricism and feeling. She gave her debut concert in 1949 at the age of eight, playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15. In 1950, she played Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 and Bach's French Suite in G major, BWV 816.

Argerich rose to international prominence when she won the seventh International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1965, at age 24. One of her performances in that winning campaign was a defiantly confident reading of Chopin's Etude in C major . At the time, besides being already a master pianist, she also conveyed an aura of a nouvelle vague actress, wearing conspicuous mini-skirts and continuously smoking cigarettes.

Related websites

The Guardian, 14 April 2009

Telegraph, 7 April 2009

Excerpts from a Rare Interview with Argerich

Biography at EL ATRIL (in Spanish)

Allmusic Biography of Ivo Pogorelich



Ross, Alex; 'Madame X', November 12, 2001

Orga, Ates River Plate Queen

MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point in Beppu

The Martha Argerich Project

Argerich Music news, concert schedule, articles, recordings

Argerich's repertoire through the years

Martha Argerich biography, CD and concert review by cosmopolis.ch

Martha Argerich, conversation nocturne (2002)

Martha Argerich Project Brings Talent to Lugano

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