There are few artists in the world that become a legend while alive. Martha Argerich is one of those rare pianists to have raised her art to dazzling heights. The exemplary story begins in her native Argentina, where from the age of two and a half years, her precocious talent for the piano is identified. When she comes to Europe to continue her musical education, she has already performed on stage at the Teatro Colón. She retains the excellence of her outstanding play, full of ardor and sensitivity, from a long tradition of musicians including the famous Nikita Magaloff (friend of Prokofiev), Friedrich Gulda or Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. Martha Argerich won the Geneva Competition at the age of 16 years and three prizes at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. All mapped out, her great career will however be like no other. Fiercely free, she has a reputation to never sign a contract and admirers still have painful memories of the long years in which she moved away from the scene. The recitals became a challenge for the artist who suffered from too much solitude, after which she decided in 1980 to only play either when accompanied by an orchestra, or surrounded by her friends such as Nelson Freire, Misha Maisky or Gidon Kremer . The most incredible is that even today, even though the orchestral repertoire is less bountiful than before, the great pianist Martha Argerich has lost none of her skills or talent. Each concert is a suspended moment, stolen from eternity.
In December, living legend pianist Martha Argerich will be awarded the Kennedy Center Honors 2016 by President Barack Obama himself
Happy birthday Martha, the legendary pianist turned 75 yesterday
Legendary pianist Martha Argerich performs Beethoven's concerto No. 3 with Kremerata Baltica in Toulouse, on 18/1
At Walt Disney Concert Hall, on 12-15/02, Superstar pianist Martha Argerich performs her beloved Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Juraj Valčuha