Martha Argerich

Biography

Born: June 5, 1941   Country: Argentina  
Born in Buenos Aires, Martha Argerich was enrolled for piano study at the age of five by her mother, with piano teacher Vincenzo Scaramuzza. He stressed lyricism and feeling: "When the sound is empty," he said to her, "it sounds like a pair of pants walking into the room with nothing inside them." She made her debut playing a Mozart concerto when she was eight, mentally preparing herself for the concert by making herself believe that, "if I Read more missed a single note, I would explode." She did not miss a single note. In 1955 her family moved to Europe, where she studied in Switzerland with Madeleine Lipatti, then with Nikita Magaloff and eventually with Friedrich Gulda, an early idol.

In 1957, at the age of 16, she won the Geneva International Competition and the Ferruccio Busoni International Competition within three weeks. At the Bolzano Competition she met Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. When she was about 20 and in the throes of an artistic crisis, she sought him out for lessons regarding her approach to music.

In 1965 she became the first pianist from the Western Hemisphere to win first prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, and the following year, she made her U.S. debut in Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series. Her long association with the Deutsche Grammophon label began in 1967.

Although she plays Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schumann, her repertoire centers on composers such as Rachmaninov, Ravel, and Prokofiev, and more modern composers, including Lutoslawski and Messiaen. After the first few years of her career she gave up playing solo recitals, preferring collaborative musical work. Only her first two albums were solo.

She first publicly played chamber music when she was 17, accompanying violinist Joseph Szigeti. Especially known as a chamber-music player and as a graceful musical collaborator, she has performed with pianists Stephen Kovacevich, Nicolas Economou, Nelson Freire, and Alexandre Rabinovich, violinist Gidon Kremer, and cellist Mischa Maisky.

Among her standout recordings are those of Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen, the Piano Concerto No. 1 of Tchaikovsky, and the third concertos of Prokofiev and Rachmaninov. The Deutsche Grammophon coupling of the Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, conducted by her then-husband, Charles Dutoit, is considered among the great classics of recorded piano concerto repertory.

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The Art of Martha Argerich [Limited Edition]
Release Date: 06/07/2011   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 001560902    Number of Discs: 3
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Martha Argerich Vol 2 - Liszt, Prokofiev, Ravel
Release Date: 06/10/2014   Label: Doremi Records  
Catalog: 6029   Number of Discs: 1
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Martha Argerich Vol 1 - Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21, Sonatas
Release Date: 05/13/2014   Label: Doremi Records  
Catalog: 80248   Number of Discs: 1
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Martha Argerich & Friends - Live from Lugano 2013
Release Date: 06/10/2014   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 631220   Number of Discs: 3
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    Rachmaninov: The Complete Works [32-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002145102 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn,  Peter Jablonski,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Stanislaw Wislocki  ... 
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    Claudio Abbado - The Complete RCA & Sony Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 304505 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 39
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Abbado,  Murray Perahia,  Anatoly Kotcherga,  Midori  ... 
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    Martha Argerich & Friends - Live from Lugano 2013
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 631220 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Ottorino Respighi,  Franz Liszt,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky,  Renaud Capuçon,  Francesco Piemontesi  ... 
    Conductor:  Hubert Soudant
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
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    Martha Argerich Vol 2 - Liszt, Prokofiev, Ravel
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 6029 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
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    Martha Argerich Vol 1 - Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21, Sonatas
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 80248 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 20 / Argerich, Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002002402 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart
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    Bach Masterworks - The Original Jackets Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001929902 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hertha Töpper,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Maria Stader,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Rainer Kussmaul,  Reinhard Goebel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Bloody Daughter - A Film by Stephanie Argerich
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3073908 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
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    Bloody Daughter - A Film By Stephanie Argerich [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3073904 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
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    Berlin Philharmonic - Centenary Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001923302 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Walter Berry,  Gundula Janowitz,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Nikisch,  Alfred Hertz,  Richard Strauss,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Swedish Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Martha Argerich & Friends - A Concert From The Munich Klaviersommer 1982
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101671 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Nelson Freire,  Nicolas Economou,  Mischa Maisky
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    The Magic Mountain - Verbier Festival 20th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3079078 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Martha Argerich,  Martin Helmchen,  Malcolm Martineau  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Gábor Takács-Nagy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verbier Festival Orchestra,  UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra,  Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Works For Two Pianos  / Martha Argerich, Gabriele Baldocci
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7663 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Darius Milhaud  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Gabriele Baldocci
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    Martha Argerich - 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 844412 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Béla Bartók,  Frédéric Chopin,  Alberto Ginastera  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Renaud Capuçon,  Mischa Maisky
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Alexandre Rabinovitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
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    Le Violon Roi / Renaud Capucon [3-CD Set]
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 584402 Release Date: 05/21/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Gautier Capuçon,  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexandre Rabinovitch,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Daniel Harding,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra  ... 
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    Martha Argerich And Friends Live From Lugano 2012
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 211192 Release Date: 05/21/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Gustav Mahler,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Maria-Joao Pires,  Gautier Capuçon,  Sascha Maisky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Orchestra
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    Alexandre Rabinovitch-barakovsky: Terza Pratica
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1375 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Alexandre Rabinovitch
    Performer:  Yayoi Toda,  Ivo Sillamaa,  Urmas Roomei,  Ralf Taal  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexandre Rabinovitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Padua and Veneto Orchestra,  Hortus Musicus,  Tallinn Academy of Music Chamber Chorus
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  • 19.
    Mozart: Sonatas For 2 Pianos / Martha Argerich, Alexandre Rabinovitch
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 51687 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alexandre Rabinovitch,  Martha Argerich
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  • 20.
    Beethoven Masterworks Collection  [51-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001813172 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Janet Perry,  Agnes Baltsa,  Vinson Cole,  José Van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Carlos Kleiber,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    10 Classic Albums / Mischa Maisky [11-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001801402 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Charles Gounod,  George Frideric Handel,  Jean-Baptiste Lully  ... 
    Performer:  Mischa Maisky,  Pavel Gililov,  Daria Hovora,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Philips Original Jackets Collection  [55-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001767702 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elisabeth Unger,  Claudio Arrau,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Bernard Haitink,  Frans Brüggen,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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  • 23.
    Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Argerich, Chailly, Kondrashin
    Label: K2 Hd   Catalog: 651 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Kiril Kondrashin
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  • 24.
    100 Best Chamber Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 972777 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Various,  Johann Pachelbel,  Henry Purcell,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Natalie Clein,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 79914 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Jake Heggie,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Joyce DiDonato,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Rachel Frenkel  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Marco Armiliato,  Patrick Summers,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  English Concert,  tenThing (Brass Ensemble)  ... 
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