born June 5, 1941, Buenos Aires
Martha Argerich is an Argentine pianist, considered one of the greatest pianists of the second half of the 20th century.
She started playing the piano at age three and gave her debut concert in 1949 at the age of eight. The family moved to Europe in 1955, where Argerich studied with Friedrich Gulda, Stefan Askenase and Maria Curcio in Austria.
Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, op.30 Radio Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Conductor: Riccardo Chailly (1982)
She rose to international prominence when she won the seventh International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1965. Also she debuted in the United States in the Lincoln Center‘s Great Performers Series. In the same year, she also made her first recording.
Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra (2010)
Argerich is the president of the International Piano Academy Lake Como and performs annually at the Lugano Festival. She has also created and been a General Director of the Argerich Music Festival and Encounter in Beppu, Japan, since 1996.
Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Conductor: Antonio Pappano (2012)
An intimate film of her life, Bloody Daughter, directed by her daughter Stephanie Argerich Blagojevic, was shown at festivals in 2013.
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Opus 15 Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine (2014)