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Tour Dates

10/16/2019Gewandhaus / Leipzig, Germany
10/18/2019Philharmonie de Paris / Paris, France
10/20/2019Konzerthaus / Berlin, Germany
10/27/2019Elbphilharmonie / Hamburg, Germany
10/31/2019Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Rome, Italy
11/01/2019Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Rome, Italy
11/02/2019Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Rome, Italy
11/04/2019Philharmonie de Paris / Paris, France
11/07/2019Victoria Hall Geneve / Geneve, Switzerland
11/09/2019KKL / Lucerne, Switzerland
11/12/2019Konzerthaus / Dortmund, Germany
11/21/2019Societ? Filarmonica / Bilbao, Spain
11/24/2019Auditorio Principe Felipe / Oviedo, Spain
11/26/2019Auditorio Nacional de M?sica / Madrid, Spain
12/02/2019Rosengarten Mannheim / Mannheim, Germany
12/08/2019Auditorium / Lyon, France
12/09/2019Conservatorio di Musica "Giuseppe Verdi" / Milan, Italy
12/12/2019Liszt Academy Concert Centre / Budapest, Hungary
12/15/2019Teatro Petruzzelli / Bari, IItaly
12/22/2019Charles Bronfman Auditorium / Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
12/24/2019Rapaport Center for Culture and Art (Haifa Auditorium) / Haifa, Israel
12/25/2019Rapaport Center for Culture and Art (Haifa Auditorium) / Haifa, Israel
01/02/2020Charles Bronfman Auditorium / Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
01/04/2020Charles Bronfman Auditorium / Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
01/05/2020Charles Bronfman Auditorium / Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
01/06/2020International Convention Center / Jerusalem, Israel
01/10/2020NDR Landesfunkhaus Niedersachsen / Hanover, Germany
01/30/2020Teatro Petruzzelli / Bari, IItaly
02/01/2020Salle Moliere / Lyon, France
02/02/2020Eglise de Saanen / Geneva, Switzerland
02/04/2020Philharmonie de Paris / Paris, France
02/06/2020Halle aux Grains / Toulouse, France
02/10/2020Gulbenkian / Lisbon, Portugal
02/20/2020Staatsoper unter den Linden / Berlin, Germany
02/22/2020Pierre-Boulez-Saal / Berlin, Germany
02/23/2020Philharmonie / Berlin, Germany
03/02/2020Konzerthaus / Vienna, Austria
03/03/2020Konzerthaus / Vienna, Austria
03/12/2020Sumida Triphony Hall / Tokyo, Japan
03/13/2020Sumida Triphony Hall / Tokyo, Japan
04/04/2020Herkulessaal / Munich, Germany
04/15/2020KKL / Lucerne, Switzerland
04/17/2020Auditorio del Palacio de Congresos / Zaragoza, Spain
04/20/2020Auditori / Barcelona, Spain
04/21/2020Auditorio Nacional de Musica / Madrid, Spain
04/22/2020Auditorio de la Diputacion / Alicante, Spain
04/23/2020Auditorio Principe Felipe / Oviedo, Spain
04/30/2020Maison de la Radio France / Paris, France

Martha Argerich: Bio

Martha Argerich was born in Buenos Aires. From the age of five, she took piano lessons with Vicenzo Scaramuzza. In 1955 she went to Europe with her family, and received tuition from Friedrich Gulda in Vienna; her teachers also included Nikita Magaloff and Stefan Askenase. Following her first prizes in the piano competitions in Bolzano and Geneva in 1957, she embarked on an intensive programme of concerts. Her victory in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1965 was a decisive step on her path to worldwide recognition. 

Martha Argerich rose to fame with her interpretations of the virtuoso piano literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. But she does not regard herself as a specialist in "virtuoso" works - her repertoire ranges from Bach through Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy and Ravel, to Bartók. 

Martha Argerich has worked as a concert pianist with many famous conductors. She has also attached great importance to chamber music ever since, at the age of 17, she accompanied the violinist Joseph Szigeti - two generations older than herself. She has toured Europe, America and Japan with Gidon Kremer and Mischa Maisky and has also recorded much of the repertory for four hands and for two pianos with the pianists Nelson Freire, Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich, Nicolas Economou and Alexandre Rabinovitch. Martha Argerich has performed at Gidon Kremer's festival in Lockenhaus, at the Munich Piano Summer, the Lucerne Festival and at the Salzburg Festival, where she gave, for instance, a recital with Mischa Maisky in 1993. 

She appeared with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic at the 1992 New Year's Eve Concert with Strauss's Burleske and also at the Salzburg Festival at Easter 1993. May 1998 saw the long-awaited musical "summit meeting" between Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky and Gidon Kremer. On the occasion of a memorial concert for the impresario Reinhard Paulsen, the three artists came together in Japan, where they performed piano trios by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky (recorded live by DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON). In March 2000 Martha Argerich gave her first great solo appearance in almost 20 years in New York's Carnegie Hall. 

Martha Argerich has close ties with DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON, dating back to 1967. She has recorded prolifically during this period: solo works by Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt and Schumann; concerto recordings of works by Chopin, Liszt, Ravel and Prokofiev with Claudio Abbado, Beethoven with Giuseppe Sinopoli, and Stravinsky's Les Noces with Leonard Bernstein. Her recording of Shostakovich's First and Haydn's Eleventh Piano Concertos with the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn conducted by Jörg Färber was crowned with the Tokyo RECORD ACADEMY AWARD in 1995 and that of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was awarded the CD COMPACT AWARD in 1997. 

She has also dedicated herself to chamber music, and has recorded works by Schumann and Chopin with Mstislav Rostropovich, and cello sonatas by both Bach and Beethoven with Mischa Maisky. She has made numerous successful recordings with Gidon Kremer, such as violin sonatas by Schumann and works by Bartók, Janácek and Messiaen (PRIX CAECILIA 1991), and Mendelssohn's concerto for violin and piano with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Their recording of Prokofiev sonatas and melodies received the 1992 Tokyo RECORD ACADEMY AWARD, the DIAPASON D'OR 1992 and the EDISON AWARD 1993. One of their most outstanding recording achievements was that of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas (Nos.1-3: RECORD ACADEMY AWARD 1985), which was concluded with the release of the Sonatas op. 47 "Kreutzer" and op. 96 in 1995. Among her more recent releases is the above-mentioned live recording of piano trios by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky with Mischa Maisky and Gidon Kremer. 

Martha Argerich takes a great supportive interest in young artists. In September 1999 the first International "Martha Argerich" Piano Competition took place in Buenos Aires - a competition which does not only carry her name but in which she is president of the jury. In November 1999 the second "Martha Argerich Music Festival" took place in southern Japan, with concerts and masterclasses being given not only by Martha Argerich but also by Mischa Maisky and Nelson Freire among others. 

1 Mozart: Piano Sonata No.18 In D, K.576 - Allegro  
2 Mozart: Piano Sonata No.18 In D, K.576 - Adagio  
3 Mozart: Piano Sonata No.18 In D, K.576 - Allegretto  
4 Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 In D, Op.10 No.3 - Presto  
5 Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 In D, Op.10 No.3 - Largo e mesto  
6 Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 In D, Op.10 No.3 - Menuetto (Allegro)  
7 Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 In D, Op.10 No.3 - Rondo (Allegro)  
8 Prokofiev: Toccata, Op.11  
9 Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, M.55 - Ondine  
10 Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, M.55 - Le gibet  
11 Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, M.55 - Scarbo  
12 Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.3 In A Minor, Op.28  
13 Ravel: Sonatine, M.40 - Modere  
14 Ravel: Sonatine, M.40 - Mouvement de menuet  
15 Ravel: Sonatine, M.40 - Anime  
16 Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.7 In B Flat, Op.83 - Allegro inquieto  
17 Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.7 In B Flat, Op.83 - Andante caloroso  
18 Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.7 In B Flat, Op.83 - 3  

In 1960 Martha Argerich was not yet a household name. Her début album was not to be released by Deutsche Grammophon until the following year, and the popularity that she was to achieve on winning the 1965 Warsaw Chopin Competition was not yet hers for the taking. And yet she was not completely unknown. She was born in Buenos Aires in 1941 and had already attracted attention as a child prodigy. Among her teachers were such famous pianists as Friedrich Gulda, Madeleine Lipatti and Nikita Magaloff. And soon after winning the 1957 Busoni and Geneva international competitions at the age of only sixteen, she had already made a number of important concert débuts. It is no wonder, then, that her name had come to the attention of various broadcasters. Only now has she sanctioned the release of some of the recordings that she made for North German and West German Radio in 1960 and 1967. They round off and complement our picture of Martha Argerich's pianism.

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