Maurizio Pollini
Maurizio Pollini

Maurizio Pollini

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.

    Milan, Italy
  • BORN
    January 5, 1942

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