Martha
ARGERICH

Argentina

Biography

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 and received tuition from Bruno Seidlhofer, Friedrich Gulda, Nikita Magaloff and Stefan Askenase. 

Following her first prizes in the piano competitions in Bolzano and Geneva in 1957, she embarked on an intensive program of concerts. Her victory in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1965 was a decisive step on her path to worldwide recognition. 

Her repertoire ranges from Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, César Franck, Igor Stravinsky, Dmitri Shostakovitch and Olivier 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 and Daniel Barenboim.

Martha Argerich has recorded prolifically for EMI/Erato, Sony, Philips, Teldec 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.