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Martha Argerich awarded Royal Philharmonic Society's Gold Medal / BBC News

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Pianist Martha Argerich has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society's (RPS) Gold Medal, one of classical music's highest honours. Argentinian-born Argerich, 74, follows in the footsteps of Placido Domingo and Antonio Pappano, among others. Argerich is known as one of the most innovative pianists and a strong supporter of new talent. The RPS said she was gifted with a "combination of technical mastery and passionate artistry".

The society's statement continued: "Martha Argerich's extraordinary live performances are a musical and intellectual tour de force." The society also praised her commitment to emerging musicians and the "inspirational collaborations" between up-and-coming artists and established ones she had made happen.

Pianist Gabriele Baldocci, one of Argerich's long-standing duo partner, paid tribute to Argerich. "She says everything through music. I've never had a formal lesson with her, but she is my greatest teacher," he said.  SEE THE BBC PAGE