Martha Argerich

Martha Argerich is a pianist that I love that one.
Although she is now 68 years old, But she also shows in concert,Although, she will force of less.But she played the piano sound melodic and poetic flavor of her music, it does not fall into.
She played piano, massively powerful, but also obscure the clear light within smooth shading
She played, one of the most difficult piano music in the world.That is,Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No1,and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3

Martha Argerich plays Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, with Charles Dutoit and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Genève - Oct 24, 1973)

Martha Argerich plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, with Riccardo Chailly and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Berlin - Dec 5, 1982)

Martha Argerich was born in Buenos Aires in 1941. At 3, she played the piano for the first time. Two years later, she began taking piano lessons with Vicenzo Scaramuzza. At 8, she made her concert debut in Buenos Aires, performing works by Mozart, Beethoven and Bach. She performed in Buenos Aires' Astral and Colón theatres. In 1955, she moved with her family of diplomats to Vienna in order to allow her to study piano with outstanding teachers. She received tuition from Friedrich Gulda, her principal mentor; her teachers also include Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Nikita Magaloff and Stefan Askenase.

In 1957, at 16, Martha Argerich won both the Geneva International Music and the Bolzano Competitions. She embarked on an intensive program of concerts. At 21, she suffered from depression for two years. She moved to New York and "didn't do anything". But, in 1965, she came back to win the Chopin Competition in Warsaw and the Polish Radio Prize for her performances of Chopin Waltzes and Mazurkas. Argerich credits Stefan Askenase and his wife with helping to lift her out of her depression and back into music. From 1969 to 1973, Argerich was married to conductor Charles Dutoit, with whom she remains good friends.

Martha Argerich rose to fame with her interpretations of the virtuoso piano literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. But her repertoire ranges from Bach to Bartók. She is probably the only pianist capable of setting her own conditions in the music market, recording only what she wants and with different labels.

In the early 1980s, Argerich turned to chamber music which stresses the interaction between musicians. She often performs with Nelson Freire, Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich, Gidon Kremer and Mischa Maisky. Her appearances in the concerto repertory became rare and her solo recitals even rarer.

She also gives young artists a helping hand. In September 1999, the first International Martha Argerich Piano Competition took place in Buenos Aires, with her as the jury's president. In November 1999, the second Martha Argerich Music Festival took place in Japan, with concerts and masterclasses being given by Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky and Nelson Freire among others.

Martha Argerich's temper does not only show in her music, but also in her private live. Married only once, with conductor Charles Dutoit, she has three daughters, Lida, Annie and Stéphanie, from three different men.

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