Martha Argerich

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About Martha Argerich

Widely acknowledged as one of the world's finest pianists, Martha Argerich has an extensive discography that spans iconic concertos (by Mozart, Chopin, and Liszt, among others), chamber music (particularly the Live from the Lugano Festival series, captured from 2002-16 during the summer event held in the Swiss Italian-speaking city), and piano duos (notably with Daniel Barenboim). Born in Buenos Aires in 1941, Argerich attracted global attention when she won the seventh International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1965. The Argentinian pianist continued to have close associations with that event, causing a sensation at the 1980 installment when she resigned from the jury in protest over Ivo Pogorelić's exclusion from the finals. Argerich's solo recitals are infrequent and highly coveted: Although she occasionally performs concertos, she has been focused on chamber music for much of her career. For that reason, there has been a push to rerelease many of her historic albums, including her 1961 debut recital recording. Throughout her life, Argerich has eschewed press attention and has rarely given interviews. Her daughter Stéphanie—whose father is pianist Stephen Kovacevich—released Bloody Daughter in 2013, a documentary about her mother's life-defining talents.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
June 5, 1941
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