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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Martha Argerich Discography Tracks

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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 UK 1961 Sell This Version
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 Poland 1965 Sell This Version
CVD 2109 Martha Argerich - Concerto N°1 En Mi Mineur, Op.11 / Trois Mazurkas, Op.59 - Scherzo, Op.39 album art Frédéric Chopin, Martha Argerich, Orchestre Philharmonique Symphonique National, Varsovie*, Witold Rowicki Frédéric Chopin, Martha Argerich, Orchestre Philharmonique Symphonique National, Varsovie*, Witold Rowicki - Concerto N°1 En Mi Mineur, Op.11 / Trois Mazurkas, Op.59 - Scherzo, Op.39(LP) La Voix De Son Maître CVD 2109 France 1965 Sell This Version
XL 0261 Martha Argerich - VII Miedzynarodowy Konkurs Im. F. Chopina-Warszawa 1965 = 7-ой Международный Конкурс Им. Ф. Шопена Варшава 1965 Г. album art Ф. Шопен* - Марта Аргерич* / Ельжбета Гломбувна* Ф. Шопен* - Марта Аргерич* / Ельжбета Гломбувна* - VII Miedzynarodowy Konkurs Im. F. Chopina-Warszawa 1965 = 7-ой Международный Конкурс Им. Ф. Шопена Варшава 1965 Г.(LP, Mono) Polskie Nagrania Muza XL 0261 Poland 1965 Sell This Version
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 UK 1967 Sell This Version
Martha Argerich - Frédéric Chopin · Martha Argerich album art Frédéric Chopin, Martha Argerich Frédéric Chopin, Martha Argerich - Frédéric Chopin · Martha Argerich (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1967 Sell This Version
29 678-0 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(LP, Clu) Deutsche Grammophon 29 678-0 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
Martha Argerich - Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 - Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 album art Frédéric Chopin / Franz LisztMartha Argerich, Claudio Abbado, The London Symphony Orchestra Frédéric Chopin / Franz LisztMartha Argerich, Claudio Abbado, The London Symphony Orchestra - Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 - Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Yugoslavia 1968 Sell This Version
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 Switzerland 1968 Sell This Version
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 Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
Martha Argerich - Klavierkonzert Nr. 1, B-Moll, Op. 23 album art Tschaikowsky* - Martha Argerich, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Charles Dutoit Tschaikowsky* - Martha Argerich, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Charles Dutoit - Klavierkonzert Nr. 1, B-Moll, Op. 23 (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1971 Sell This Version
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 Germany 1972 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)(LP, Album) Song Iwu Records SAL-1355 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
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 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
2726 047 Martha Argerich - Argerich In Concert album art Martha Argerich Argerich In Concert(2xLP, Album) Deutsche Grammophon 2726 047 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
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 UK 1975 Sell This Version
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 UK 1975 Sell This Version
Martha Argerich - Sonate B-moll / Scherzo B-moll / Andante Spianato Et Grande Polonaise album art Frédéric Chopin / Martha Argerich Frédéric Chopin / Martha Argerich - Sonate B-moll / Scherzo B-moll / Andante Spianato Et Grande Polonaise (Album) Deutsche Grammophon UK 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
Martha Argerich - The Piano Concertos /Sonata For 2 Pianos & Percussion album art Bartók* / BBC Symphony Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich* Bartók* / BBC Symphony Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich* - The Piano Concertos /Sonata For 2 Pianos & Percussion Philips Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
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 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
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 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
Martha Argerich - Untitled album art Bartók* / Debussy* / Mozart* - Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich* Bartók* / Debussy* / Mozart* - Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich* - Untitled Philips UK 1977 Sell This Version
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 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
Martha Argerich - Klavierkonzert album art Schumann*, Chopin*, Martha Argerich, Mstislav Rostropovich Schumann*, Chopin*, Martha Argerich, Mstislav Rostropovich - Klavierkonzert (Album) Deutsche Grammophon UK 1978 Sell This Version