Martha Argerich

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María Martha Argerich
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Martha Argerich (b. 1941) is an Argentine pianist, widely regarded as one of the greatest masters of the instrument of the late XX century. She was born in Buenos Aires to the family of Catalonian descendants and Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire. Martha started playing the piano at the age of three and began her studies with Vincenzo Scaramuzza two years later. In 1949, an eight-year-old Argerich gave her debut concert.

In 1955, Argerichs moved to Austria, so Martha began her studies with Friedrich Gulda. This opportunity was provided by Juan Domingo Perón, the President of Argentina, who appointed her parents to diplomatic posts at the Argentinian Embassy in Vienna. Martha Argerich later studied with Stefan Askenase and had been coached briefly by Madeleine Lipatti, Abbey Simon, and Nikita Magaloff.

At the age of sixteen, she won both Geneva International Music Competition and Ferruccio Busoni International Competition within three weeks of each other in 1957. Martha rose to international fame after winning the 7th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1965, at the age of 24, also debuting in the United States the same year.

Argerich has been actively promoting younger pianists, both through her annual Argerich Music Festival and by appearing on a jury at various international competitions. When Ivo Pogorelich dropped out the third round of the International Chopin Piano Competition in 1980 in Warsaw, Argerich proclaimed him a genius and left the jury in protest. Some of her notable protégés include Gabriela Montero, Mauricio Vallina, Sergio Tiempo, and Christopher Falzone.

Martha was married three times, to a Chinese composer and conductor Robert Chen (1963–1964), Swiss composer Charles Dutoit (1969–1973), and an American pianist Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich (the 1970s). She has a daughter from each husband: violist Lida Chen, a journalist Annie Dutoit, and a film director and photographer Stéphanie Argerich.
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135 139 Martha Argerich - Bilder Einer Ausstellung/ 6 Preludes / Toccata Op. 11 album art Rudolf Firkusny*, Svjatoslav Richter*, Martha Argerich, Mussorgsky*, Rachmaninoff*, Prokofieff* Rudolf Firkusny*, Svjatoslav Richter*, Martha Argerich, Mussorgsky*, Rachmaninoff*, Prokofieff* - Bilder Einer Ausstellung/ 6 Preludes / Toccata Op. 11 (Album) Deutsche Grammophon 135 139 UK 1961 Sell This Version
LPM 18 672 Martha Argerich - Piano Recital album art Martha Argerich Piano Recital (Album) Deutsche Grammophon LPM 18 672 Germany 1961 Sell This Version
XL 0261 Martha Argerich - VII Międzynarodowy Konkurs Im. F. Chopina • Warszawa 1965 = The VII International Chopin Piano Competition • Warsaw album art Ф. Шопен* - Марта Аргерич* / Ельжбета Гломбувна* Ф. Шопен* - Марта Аргерич* / Ельжбета Гломбувна* - VII Międzynarodowy Konkurs Im. F. Chopina • Warszawa 1965 = The VII International Chopin Piano Competition • Warsaw Polskie Nagrania Muza XL 0261 Poland 1965 Sell This Version
XL 0265 Martha Argerich - VII Miedzynarodowy Konkurs Im. F. Chopina • Warszawa 1965 = The 7th International Chopin Piano Competition • Warsaw, Martha Argerich Winner Of The First Prize album art Martha Argerich VII Miedzynarodowy Konkurs Im. F. Chopina • Warszawa 1965 = The 7th International Chopin Piano Competition • Warsaw, Martha Argerich Winner Of The First Prize (Album) Polskie Nagrania Muza XL 0265 Poland 1965 Sell This Version
139317 SLPM Martha Argerich - Frédéric Chopin · Martha Argerich album art Frédéric Chopin, Martha Argerich Frédéric Chopin, Martha Argerich - Frédéric Chopin · Martha Argerich (Album) Deutsche Grammophon 139317 SLPM Germany 1967 Sell This Version
139 349 SLPM, SLPM 139 349, 139 349, 139349 Martha Argerich - Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 C-Dur · In C Major · En Ut Majeur/Klavierkonzert G-Dur · In G Major · En Sol Majeur album art Prokofieff* / Ravel* - Martha Argerich / Berliner Philharmoniker / Claudio Abbado Prokofieff* / Ravel* - Martha Argerich / Berliner Philharmoniker / Claudio Abbado - Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 C-Dur · In C Major · En Ut Majeur/Klavierkonzert G-Dur · In G Major · En Sol Majeur (Album) Deutsche Grammophon 139 349 SLPM, SLPM 139 349, 139 349, 139349 UK 1967 Sell This Version
139 383 SLPM Martha Argerich - Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 / Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 album art Frédéric Chopin / Franz Liszt - Martha Argerich, Claudio Abbado, The London Symphony Orchestra Frédéric Chopin / Franz Liszt - Martha Argerich, Claudio Abbado, The London Symphony Orchestra - Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 / Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 (Album) Deutsche Grammophon 139 383 SLPM Austria 1968 Sell This Version
XL 172 547 Martha Argerich - Konzert Für Klavier Und Orchester Nr. 1 E-moll Op. 11 album art Chopin* · Martha Argerich · The London Symphony Orchestra · Claudio Abbado Chopin* · Martha Argerich · The London Symphony Orchestra · Claudio Abbado - Konzert Für Klavier Und Orchester Nr. 1 E-moll Op. 11 Ex Libris, Grammoclub Ex Libris XL 172 547 Switzerland 1968 Sell This Version
295.002 Martha Argerich - 1st Pianoconcerto album art Frederic Chopin* - Martha ArgerichNational Philharmonic Orchestra Of Warshaw* Frederic Chopin* - Martha ArgerichNational Philharmonic Orchestra Of Warshaw* - 1st Pianoconcerto (Album) Telefunken, CNR 295.002 Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
MG 2292 Martha Argerich - Klavierkonzert Nr. 1, B-Moll, Op. 23 album art Tchaikovsky*Martha Argerich · Charles Dutoit - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* Tchaikovsky*Martha Argerich · Charles Dutoit - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* - Klavierkonzert Nr. 1, B-Moll, Op. 23 (Album) Deutsche Grammophon MG 2292 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
SAL-1355 Martha Argerich - Sonate H-Moll (In B Minor) / Sonate G-Moll (In G Minor) album art Liszt*, Schumann*, Martha Argerich Liszt*, Schumann*, Martha Argerich - Sonate H-Moll (In B Minor) / Sonate G-Moll (In G Minor) (Album) Deutsche Grammophon SAL-1355 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
1C 065-28 302 Martha Argerich - Noces, Renard, Ragtime album art Igor Strawinsky* / Basia Retchitzka, Arlette Chedel, Eric Tappy, Philippe Huttenlocher, Pierre-Andre*, Jules Bastin, Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Edward Auer, Suzanne Husson, Instrumental-Ensemble*, Chorus Of The University Of Lausanne*, Charles Dutoit Igor Strawinsky* / Basia Retchitzka, Arlette Chedel, Eric Tappy, Philippe Huttenlocher, Pierre-Andre*, Jules Bastin, Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Edward Auer, Suzanne Husson, Instrumental-Ensemble*, Chorus Of The University Of Lausanne*, Charles Dutoit - Noces, Renard, Ragtime (Album) His Master's Voice 1C 065-28 302 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
LRL1 5095 Martha Argerich - Sonatas For Flute And Piano album art James Galway & Martha Argerich, Prokofiev*César Franck James Galway & Martha Argerich, Prokofiev*César Franck - Sonatas For Flute And Piano RCA Red Seal LRL1 5095 UK 1975 Sell This Version
2530 540 Martha Argerich - Gaspard De La Nuit • Sonatine • Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales album art Maurice Ravel - Martha Argerich Maurice Ravel - Martha Argerich - Gaspard De La Nuit • Sonatine • Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales (Album) Deutsche Grammophon 2530 540 UK 1975 Sell This Version
2530 530 Martha Argerich - Sonate B-moll (In B Flat Minor) - Scherzo B-moll (In B Flat Minor) - Andante Spianato Et Grande Polonaise album art Frédéric Chopin / Martha Argerich Frédéric Chopin / Martha Argerich - Sonate B-moll (In B Flat Minor) - Scherzo B-moll (In B Flat Minor) - Andante Spianato Et Grande Polonaise (Album) Deutsche Grammophon 2530 530 Argentina 1975 Sell This Version
AC 60101 Martha Argerich - Dvorak: Klavierquintett op.81 album art Martha Argerich, Salvatore Accardo, Pierre Amoyal, Luigi Alberto Bianchi, Claus Kanngiesser Martha Argerich, Salvatore Accardo, Pierre Amoyal, Luigi Alberto Bianchi, Claus Kanngiesser - Dvorak: Klavierquintett op.81(LP) PDU AC 60101 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
RCL 27018 Martha Argerich - Sonata In La Magg. Per Violino E Pianoforte / Sonata Per Violino E Pianoforte album art C.Franck* / C.Debussy* - Ivry Gitlis, Martha Argerich C.Franck* / C.Debussy* - Ivry Gitlis, Martha Argerich - Sonata In La Magg. Per Violino E Pianoforte / Sonata Per Violino E Pianoforte Ricordi RCL 27018 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
9500 550 Martha Argerich - Piano Concerto No. 2 / Sonata For 2 Pianos & Percussion album art Béla Bartók, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich* Béla Bartók, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich* - Piano Concerto No. 2 / Sonata For 2 Pianos & Percussion Philips 9500 550 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
9500 434, 20PC-1035 Martha Argerich - Untitled album art Bartók* / Debussy* / Mozart* - Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich* Bartók* / Debussy* / Mozart* - Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich* - Untitled (Album) Philips 9500 434, 20PC-1035 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
3300 721 Martha Argerich - 24 Préludes, Op. 28 · Préludes Nr. 25, Op. 45 · Nr. 26, Op. Posth. album art Frédéric Chopin - Martha Argerich Frédéric Chopin - Martha Argerich - 24 Préludes, Op. 28 · Préludes Nr. 25, Op. 45 · Nr. 26, Op. Posth. (Album) Deutsche Grammophon 3300 721 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
2531 042 Martha Argerich - Klavierkonzert album art Schumann*, Chopin*, Martha Argerich, Mstislav Rostropovich Schumann*, Chopin*, Martha Argerich, Mstislav Rostropovich - Klavierkonzert (Album) Deutsche Grammophon 2531 042 UK 1978 Sell This Version
76713 Martha Argerich - Fantasy In C, Op. 17 / Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 album art Martha Argerich Plays Schumann* Martha Argerich Plays Schumann* - Fantasy In C, Op. 17 / Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 (Album) Columbia Masterworks 76713 Europe 1978 Sell This Version
SX 1905 Martha Argerich - Schumann: Klavierkonzert a-moll op.54 album art Martha Argerich, Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Narodowej*, Kazimierz Kord Martha Argerich, Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Narodowej*, Kazimierz Kord - Schumann: Klavierkonzert a-moll op.54(LP) Polskie Nagrania Muza SX 1905 Poland 1979 Sell This Version
6542 522 Martha Argerich - Sonata For Two Pianos And Percussion / String Quartet No. 6 album art Bartók*, Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich*, Willy Goudswaard, Michael de Roo, Novák Quartet Bartók*, Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich*, Willy Goudswaard, Michael de Roo, Novák Quartet - Sonata For Two Pianos And Percussion / String Quartet No. 6(LP) Philips 6542 522 Europe 1979 Sell This Version
2531 088 Martha Argerich - Toccata BWV 911 • Partita BWV 826 • Englische Suite No.2 BWV 807 album art Jean-Sebastien Bach*, Martha Argerich Jean-Sebastien Bach*, Martha Argerich - Toccata BWV 911 • Partita BWV 826 • Englische Suite No.2 BWV 807 (Album) Deutsche Grammophon 2531 088 France 1980 Sell This Version