Martha Argerich

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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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
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
Frédéric Chopin, Martha Argerich Frédéric Chopin, Martha Argerich - Frédéric Chopin · Martha Argerich (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1967 Sell This Version
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 Germany 1968 Sell This Version
XL 172 547 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(LP, Album, RE) Ex Libris XL 172 547 Switzerland 1968 Sell This Version
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 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
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
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 - Les Noces / Renard / Ragtime (Album) His Master's Voice Germany 1973 Sell This Version
2726 047 Martha Argerich Argerich In Concert(2xLP, Album) Deutsche Grammophon 2726 047 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
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
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
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
TRL1 7080 James Galway & Martha Argerich, Prokofiev*César Franck James Galway & Martha Argerich, Prokofiev*César Franck - Sonatas For Flute And Piano(LP) RCA Red Seal TRL1 7080 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
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
Frédéric Chopin · Martha Argerich Frédéric Chopin · Martha Argerich - 24 Préludes, Op. 28 · Préludes Nr. 25, Op. 45 · Nr. 26, Op. Posth. (Album) Deutsche Grammophon France 1977 Sell This Version
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 Chopin Argerich Sonate No.2 b-moll >>mit dem Trauermarsch<< , Sonate No.3 h-moll (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1977 Sell This Version
Bartók* / Debussy* / Mozart* - Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich* Bartók* / Debussy* / Mozart* - Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich* - Untitled (Comp) Philips UK 1977 Sell This Version
Béla Bartók, Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, Willy Goudswaard, Michael De Roo Béla Bartók, Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, Willy Goudswaard, Michael De Roo - Piano Concerto No. 2 - Sonata For 2 Pianos & Percussion Philips France 1977 Sell This Version
Schumann*, Chopin*, Martha Argerich, Mstislav Rostropovitch Schumann*, Chopin*, Martha Argerich, Mstislav Rostropovitch - Klavierkonzert (Album) Deutsche Grammophon UK 1978 Sell This Version
Martha Argerich, The National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki Martha Argerich, The National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki - The 7th International Chopin Piano Competition Warsaw, Martha Argerich Winner Of The First Prize (Album) Polskie Nagrania Muza Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Martha Argerich Plays Schumann* Martha Argerich Plays Schumann* - Fantasy In C, Op. 17 / Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 (Album) Columbia Masterworks Europe 1978 Sell This Version
Martha Argerich, Christoph Eschenbach, Wilhelm Kempff, Tamás Vásáry Martha Argerich, Christoph Eschenbach, Wilhelm Kempff, Tamás Vásáry - Liebestraum (Comp) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1979 Sell This Version
415 780-1 G X2 Peter Tschaikowsky*, Martha Argerich, Nathan Milstein, Mstislav Rostropovich Peter Tschaikowsky*, Martha Argerich, Nathan Milstein, Mstislav Rostropovich - Die Meisterkonzerte(2xLP + Box) Deutsche Grammophon 415 780-1 G X2 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
6542 522 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