Maurizio Pollini

Biography

Born: January 5, 1942; Italy  
Perhaps more of an advocate for contemporary music than any other major pianist essentially rooted in traditional repertory, Maurizio Pollini was born in Milan, Italy. He learned quickly and was given piano lessons from Carlo Lonati from an early age, making his public debut at the age of nine. Enrolling in the Milan Conservatory, he studied with Carlo Vidusso. In 1957 he performed a recital of Chopin etudes in Milan that drew favorable attention Read more from the national Italian press. He won a second prize in the Geneva Competition in 1958. Embarking on further studies with Arturo Benedetto Michelangeli, he won first prize in the Warsaw Chopin competition in 1960. At this point he began a highly successful and acclaimed international career as a piano virtuoso. He appeared in concert throughout Europe, performing concertos with top conductors, and also giving recitals. He found a particular affinity with his countryman, conductor Claudio Abbado; the two shared a similarly analytical approach in their interpretations. Many of Pollini's best concerto recordings and concert collaborations have been with Abbado. Pollini debuted in the United States at Carnegie Hall in New York on November 1, 1968. Since then his international and recording career has continued without pause.

He is a pianist with a clean, bright though weighty, and refined sound, with exceptional clarity. His repertoire is extraordinarily wide. He frequently performs Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and the Romantics such as Schubert and Schumann, but also the early modernists such as Prokofiev and Bartók. In the 1974 centenary celebrations of Arnold Schoenberg's birth he played programs encompassing that composer's complete piano music in several major musical centers, and he later recorded the entire body of work. His repertoire also extends into the avant-garde; in 1972 he gave the world premiere of Luigi Nono's Como una ola de fuerza y luz, (Milan, 1972) and recorded the work. He is also an enthusiastic performer of Boulez's Second Piano Sonata, regarded by some as the most difficult of all piano sonatas. He has recorded extensively, committing to disc works by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Chopin, Bach, Boulez, and many others.

Since the 1980s, Pollini has been widening his activities as a conductor. He frequently led concerts from the keyboard, and has conducted orchestra concerts from the podium as well as leading operas. In 1987 he received the Ehrenring prize of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. His piano career has the individualism achieved by only a few great artists, continuing to focus on contemporary music and including concert series of his own design at such prestigious venues as the Salzburg Festival (in 1995 and 1999) and Carnegie Hall (in the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 seasons). Read less
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  • 1.
    Beethoven: The Last Three Sonatas / Pollini
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 003209759 Release Date: 06/19/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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    Beethoven: 7 Legendary Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 483827 Release Date: 03/20/2020   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Irmgard Seefried,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Ernst Haefliger,  Maureen Forrester  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlos Kleiber,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir  ... 
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    Beethoven: Last Three Sonatas, Opp. 109-111 / Pollini
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 003171902 Release Date: 03/13/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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    Beethoven 2020 - The New Complete Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4836767 Release Date: 11/01/2019   Number of Discs: 123
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Agnes Baltsa,  Peter Schreier,  Anna Tomowa-Sintow,  José van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Claudio Abbado,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Andris Nelsons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Schlomo Mintz: The Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4836318 Release Date: 04/05/2019   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Yefim Bronfman,  Clifford Benson,  Clifford Benson  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Claudio Abbado,  Zubin Mehta,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Christian Thielemann: The Orchestral Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4836423 Release Date: 03/22/2019   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Hans Pfitzner,  Richard Strauss,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  William Shimell,  Charlotte Margiono,  Peter Blake,  Laurence Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Chopin: Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Berceuse & Sonata / Pollini
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002960402 Release Date: 01/25/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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    Debussy: Preludes II / Pollini
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002790402 Release Date: 03/16/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini,  Daniele Pollini
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    Abbado & Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797239 Release Date: 04/28/2017   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Hector Berlioz,  Gustav Mahler,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini,  Shlomo Mintz
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Chopin: Late Works, Opp. 59-64 / Pollini
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002591402 Release Date: 01/27/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op. 109 & 110 / Pollini [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B002590601 Release Date: 12/16/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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    Chopin: Polonaises Nos. 1-7 / Pollini [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B002590701 Release Date: 12/16/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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    The Complete Chopin: Deluxe Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002599300 Release Date: 12/16/2016   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Jan Lisiecki,  Anatol Ugorski,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Krystian Zimerman,  Krzysztof Urbanski,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Festival Orchestra,  NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    Chopin: Etudes, Opp. 10 & 25 / Pollini [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B002560001 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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    The Originals, Vol. 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002534902 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Helmut Walcha,  Nathan Milstein,  Géza Anda,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Eugen Jochum,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Pollini, Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002520602 Release Date: 07/15/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
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    Pollini & Abbado: The Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002462202 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini,  Andreas Esders,  Gabriele Lechner,  Gretchen Eder  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    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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  • 19.
    Maurizio Pollini: De main de maitre - A Film by Bruno Monsaingeon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002394909 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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    Beethoven / Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002347002 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Violeta Urmana,  Thomas Moser,  Thomas Quasthoff,  Karita Mattila  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 21.
    Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas / Maurizio Pollini
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002235002 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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    Beethoven: Sonatas Op 31 & 49 / Maurizio Pollini
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002235102 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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  • 23.
    The Originals -  Chopin: Etudes / Maurizio Pollini
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002154702 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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  • 24.
    Brahms: Symphonies, Concertos / Pollini, Batiashvili, Thielemann [3-CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002133400 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini,  Lisa Batiashvili
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
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  • 25.
    Maurizio Pollini: 3 Classic Albums [limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002093602 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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