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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  • 1.
    Great Chopin Pianists
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002437202 Release Date: 01/15/2016   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lev Oborin,  Alexandre Uninsky,  Yakov Zak,  Bella Davidovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Václáv Smetácek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    100 Best Film Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553645 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Richard Strauss,  John T. Williams,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Ernest Blanc,  Nicolai Gedda,  Gary Hoffman,  Gérard Caussé  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Rudolf Kempe,  Geoff Love,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Jean-Marie Leclair,  The Hungarian Quartet,  Il Giardino Armonico  ... 
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  • 3.
    Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1; Sonata for Piano and Cello / Maisky, Argerich
    Label: Fryderyk Chopin Society   Catalog: 38 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky
    Conductor:  Jacek Kaspszyk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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  • 5.
    50 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553009 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias,  Kerstin [Mezzo-soprano Vocal] Meyer,  Frederick Guthrie,  Gré Brouwenstijn  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  André Cluytens,  David Fray,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Les Arts Florissants,  Concentus Musicus Wien
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  • 6.
    Martha Argerich In New York, 1966
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6707 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
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  • 7.
    Piano Legends: Michelangeli, Argerich, Brendel
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: OA 1153BD Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli,  Martha Argerich,  Paul Gulda  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Arming
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 8.
    The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002403602 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Pérotin,  Guillaume de Machaut,  John Dunstable  ... 
    Performer:  Konrad Ragossnig,  Charles [Tenor Vocals] Daniels,  Susan Gritton,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Conductor:  Pater Godehard Joppich,  David Munrow,  Josef Ulsamer,  Bruno Turner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London,  Ulsamer-Collegium,  Pro Cantione Antiqua  ... 
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    Beethoven:
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552422 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Eduard Franck
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Martha Argerich
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  • 10.
    Stravinsky Complete Edition [30-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002398272 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ian Caley,  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  John Tomlinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Riccardo Chailly,  Claudio Abbado,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 11.
    Mozart: Schatten Und Licht; Klavierkonzerte Nr. 18 & Nr. 23
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900906 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Jorg Handstein,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Rafael Kubelik
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  • 12.
    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552439 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 77
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ray Still,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Daniel Barenboim,  Itzhak Perlman,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 13.
    Martha Argerich: The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002364402 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 48
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Guy Touvron,  Gidon Kremer,  Alexandre Gurning  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Charles Dutoit,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Jörg Faerber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 14.
    Stephen Kovacevich: The Complete Philips Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002369302 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Jack Brymer,  Patrick Ireland,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  John Lanchbery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Octet members  ... 
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  • 15.
    Tchaikovsky: Masterworks Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002362102 Release Date: 09/04/2015   Number of Discs: 27
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Rosemarie Lang,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Ruthid Engert-Ely,  Mirella Freni  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Seiji Ozawa,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Tchaikovsky Choir,  French National Orchestra  ... 
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    The Perlman Sound
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 551699 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Samuel Sanders,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Daniel Barenboim,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Verbier Festival: Best Of 2014
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 551695 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Arvo Pärt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin,  Sergei Babayan,  Daniil Trifonov,  Jan Lisiecki  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Gábor Takács-Nagy,  Marc Minkowski,  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verbier Festival Orchestra,  Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Carte Blanche  / Martha Argerich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002357602 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Gabriela Montero,  Martha Argerich,  Renaud Capuçon,  Julian Rachlin  ... 
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  • 19.
    Argerich & Ricci  - Leningrad 1961
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 8040 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Ruggiero Ricci
    Conductor:  Ernest Bour
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  • 20.
    Martha Argerich & Friends: Live From Lugano 2014
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 550557 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alexander Borodin,  Frank Bridge  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky,  Andrey Baranov,  Jing Zhao  ... 
    Conductor:  Jacek Kaspszyk
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  • 21.
    Martha Argerich, Vol. 4: Chopin
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 8036 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
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  • 22.
    Orchestre National de France: 80 ans de Concerts Inedits
    Label: Radio France   Catalog: 20 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Edouard Lalo,  Albert Roussel,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre [Baritone Vocals] Bernac,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Irma Kolassi,  Victoria de los Angeles  ... 
    Conductor:  Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht,  Paul Paray,  Charles Munch,  Roger Desormičre  ... 
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  • 23.
    Piano Duos  / Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059994 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim
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    Piano Duos / Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059998 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 25.
    Prometheus - Musical Variations On A Myth / Abbado, Argerich [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2001944 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt,  Alexander Scriabin,  Luigi Nono
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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