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. 


Martha Argerich rose to fame with her interpretations of the virtuoso piano literature of the 19th and the 20th centuries but she does not regard herself as a specialist in « virtuoso » works. Her repertoire ranges from Bach through Bartok, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Lizst, Debussy, Ravel, Franck, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Shostakovitch, Messiaen.


Martha Argerich has worked regularly as a concert pianist with many famous conductors and orchestras in Europe, Asia and America. She has also attached great importance to chamber music. She performs regularly with Nelson Freire, Mischa Maisky, Gidon Kremer, Daniel Barenboim.


Martha Argerich has recorded prolifically for EMI/Erato, Sony, Philips, Telles and Deutsch Grammophon. Her latest recording includes Beethoven’s concertos n° 1 and n° 3 and Mozart’s n° 20 and n° 25 with Claudio Abbado, a recital in Berlin with Daniel Barenboim and a CD with Itzhak Perlman. Many of her concerts has been broadcasted worldwide.


Martha Argerich takes a great supportive interest in young artists. In November 1999 the second « Martha Argerich Music Festival » took place in southern Japan, with concerts and masterclasses.