About Maurizio Pollini
Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini is one of the most accomplished classical performers of the 20th century, renowned for his mastery of beloved canon and contemporary compositions.
∙ After his debut recital at age nine, he worked with Italian piano greats Carlo Lonati and Carlo Vidusso as a teen, later studying under the 20th-century master Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
∙ Pollini won 1960’s International Chopin Piano Competition, prompting judge Arthur Rubenstein to declare, “That boy can play better than any of us.”
∙ His first recorded work, Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11 with the Philharmonia Orchestra, is still regarded as one of the finest recordings of the complex piece.
∙ He received the Vienna Philharmonic’s honorary Golden Ring in 1987, following his performance of Beethoven’s complete piano concertos at Carnegie Hall.
∙ Deutsche Grammophon issued a 13-CD collection of his work in celebration of his 60th birthday, followed by a 55-disc anthology for his 75th birthday.
∙ In 2007, he won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra) for his recording of the complete Chopin nocturnes.
BORNJanuary 5, 1942