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 Pictures From An Exhibition / 6 Preludes / Toccata Op. 11 — Martha Argerich Rudolf Firkusny*, Svjatoslav Richter*, Martha Argerich, Mussorgsky*, Rachmaninoff*, Prokofieff* Rudolf Firkusny*, Svjatoslav Richter*, Martha Argerich, Mussorgsky*, Rachmaninoff*, Prokofieff* - Pictures From An Exhibition / 6 Preludes / Toccata Op. 11 (Album) Deutsche Grammophon 135 139 UK 1961 Sell This Version
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LPM 18 672 Piano Recital — Martha Argerich Martha Argerich Piano Recital (Album) Deutsche Grammophon LPM 18 672 Germany 1961 Sell This Version
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XL 0261 VII Międzynarodowy Konkurs Im. F. Chopina • Warszawa 1965 = The VII International Chopin Piano Competition • Warsaw — Martha Argerich 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
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SXL 0265 VII Miedzynarodowy Konkurs Im. F. Chopina • Warszawa 1965 = The 7th International Chopin Piano Competition • Warsaw, Martha Argerich Winner Of The First Prize — Martha Argerich 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 SXL 0265 Poland 1965 Sell This Version
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139317 SLPM Frédéric Chopin · Martha Argerich — Martha Argerich Frédéric Chopin, Martha Argerich Frédéric Chopin, Martha Argerich - Frédéric Chopin · Martha Argerich (Album) Deutsche Grammophon 139317 SLPM Germany 1967 Sell This Version
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139 349 SLPM, SLPM 139 349, 139 349, 139349 Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 C-Dur · In C Major · En Ut Majeur/Klavierkonzert G-Dur · In G Major · En Sol Majeur — Martha Argerich 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, Deutsche Grammophon, Deutsche Grammophon, Deutsche Grammophon 139 349 SLPM, SLPM 139 349, 139 349, 139349 UK 1967 Sell This Version
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139 383 SLPM Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 / Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 — Martha Argerich Chopin* / Liszt*Martha Argerich, London Symphony Orchestra* · Claudio Abbado Chopin* / Liszt*Martha Argerich, London Symphony Orchestra* · Claudio Abbado - Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 / Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 (Album) Deutsche Grammophon 139 383 SLPM UK 1968 Sell This Version
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XL 172 547 Konzert Für Klavier Und Orchester Nr. 1 E-moll Op. 11 — Martha Argerich Chopin* · Martha Argerich · London Symphony Orchestra* · Claudio Abbado Chopin* · Martha Argerich · 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
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295.002 1st Pianoconcerto — Martha Argerich Frederic Chopin*, Martha Argerich, National Philharmonic Orchestra Of Warshaw* Frederic Chopin*, Martha Argerich, National Philharmonic Orchestra Of Warshaw* - 1st Pianoconcerto (Album) Telefunken, CNR 295.002 Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
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MG 2292 Klavierkonzert Nr. 1, B-Moll, Op. 23 — Martha Argerich 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
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SAL-1355 Sonate H-Moll (In B Minor) / Sonate G-Moll (In G Minor) — Martha Argerich 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 Taiwan 1972 Sell This Version
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1C 065-28 302 Noces, Renard, Ragtime — Martha Argerich 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
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LRL1 5095 Sonatas For Flute And Piano — Martha Argerich James Galway & Martha Argerich, Prokofiev*César Franck James Galway & Martha Argerich, Prokofiev*César Franck - Sonatas For Flute And Piano (Album) RCA Red Seal LRL1 5095 UK 1975 Sell This Version
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2530 540 Gaspard De La Nuit • Sonatine • Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales — Martha Argerich 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
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2530 530 Sonate B-moll (In B Flat Minor) - Scherzo B-moll (In B Flat Minor) - Andante Spianato Et Grande Polonaise — Martha Argerich 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
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AC 60101 Dvorak: Klavierquintett op.81 — Martha Argerich 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
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2530 530 Sonate N° 2 En Si Bémol Mineur (Avec La “ Marche Funèbre ”) / Andante Spianato Et Grande Polonaise / Scherzo N° 2 En Si Bémol Mineur — Martha Argerich Frédéric Chopin - Martha Argerich Frédéric Chopin - Martha Argerich - Sonate N° 2 En Si Bémol Mineur (Avec La “ Marche Funèbre ”) / Andante Spianato Et Grande Polonaise / Scherzo N° 2 En Si Bémol Mineur(LP, Tri) Deutsche Grammophon 2530 530 France 1975 Sell This Version
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RCL 27018 Sonata In La Magg. Per Violino E Pianoforte / Sonata Per Violino E Pianoforte — Martha Argerich 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
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9500 550 Piano Concerto No. 2 / Sonata For 2 Pianos & Percussion — Martha Argerich 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
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9500 434, 20PC-1035 Untitled — Martha Argerich Bartók* / Debussy* / Mozart* - Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich* Bartók* / Debussy* / Mozart* - Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich* - Untitled (Album, Comp) Philips 9500 434, 20PC-1035 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
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3300 721 24 Préludes, Op. 28 · Préludes Nr. 25, Op. 45 · Nr. 26, Op. Posth. — Martha Argerich 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
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sfc/20012, SFC 20012 Chopin*, Martha Argerich, Warsaw National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra*, Witold Rowicky* Chopin*, Martha Argerich, Warsaw National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra*, Witold Rowicky* - Concerto N. 1 In Mi Minore Per Pianoforte E Orchestra, Op. 11(LP) Fonit Cetra, Fonit Cetra sfc/20012, SFC 20012 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
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2531 042 Klavierkonzert = Piano Concerto • Klavierkonzert = Piano Concerto No. 2 — Martha Argerich Schumann*, Chopin*, Martha Argerich, Mstislav Rostropovich Schumann*, Chopin*, Martha Argerich, Mstislav Rostropovich - Klavierkonzert = Piano Concerto • Klavierkonzert = Piano Concerto No. 2 (Album) Deutsche Grammophon 2531 042 UK 1978 Sell This Version
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25AC 325 Fantasy In C, Op. 17 / Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 — Martha Argerich Martha Argerich Plays Schumann* Martha Argerich Plays Schumann* - Fantasy In C, Op. 17 / Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 (Album) Columbia Masterworks 25AC 325 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
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SX 1905 Schumann: Klavierkonzert A-moll Op.54 — Martha Argerich 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