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

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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 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 Japan 1967 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
MG 2292 Tschaikowsky*Liszt* - Martha Argerich, Charles Dutoit, Claudio Abbado Tschaikowsky*Liszt* - Martha Argerich, Charles Dutoit, Claudio Abbado - Klavierkonzert • Piano Concerto No.1(LP, Album, Gat) Deutsche Grammophon MG 2292 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
Tchaikovsky*Martha Argerich · Charles Dutoit - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* Tchaikovsky*Martha Argerich · Charles Dutoit - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* - Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Canada 1971 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 - 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
Maurice Ravel - Martha Argerich Maurice Ravel - Martha Argerich - Gaspard De La Nuit • Sonatine • Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1975 Sell This Version
Frédéric Chopin / Martha Argerich Frédéric Chopin / Martha Argerich - Sonate B-moll / Scherzo B-moll / Andante Spianato Et Grande Polonaise Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1975 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
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
Bartók* / Debussy* / Mozart* - Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich* Bartók* / Debussy* / Mozart* - Martha Argerich, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich* - Untitled Philips Netherlands 1977 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
76714 Martha Argerich Piano - Klavier Ivry Gitlis Violin - Violon Franck*, Debussy* Martha Argerich Piano - Klavier Ivry Gitlis Violin - Violon Franck*, Debussy* - Franck - Debussy - Sonatas(LP) CBS Masterworks 76714 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
Argerich*Rostropovitch* - Schumann*Chopin* - National Symphony Orchestra Of Washington* Argerich*Rostropovitch* - Schumann*Chopin* - National Symphony Orchestra Of Washington* - Concerto Pour Piano / Concerto Pour Piano N° 2 Deutsche Grammophon Germany 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
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
Johann Sebastian Bach, Martha Argerich Johann Sebastian Bach, Martha Argerich - Toccata BWV 911 • Partita BWV 826 • Englische Suite No.2 BWV 807 (Album) Deutsche Grammophon France 1980 Sell This Version
Martha Argerich, Orchestre National Philharmonique De Varsovie*, Witold Rowicki Martha Argerich, Orchestre National Philharmonique De Varsovie*, Witold Rowicki - The 7th International Chopin Piano Competition Warsaw, Martha Argerich Winner Of The First Prize (Album) Polskie Nagrania Muza France 1980 Sell This Version
SX 2149 Martha Argerich, Tchaikovsky*, National Philharmonic Orchestra - Warsaw*, Kazimierz Kord Martha Argerich, Tchaikovsky*, National Philharmonic Orchestra - Warsaw*, Kazimierz Kord - Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor(LP) Polskie Nagrania Muza SX 2149 Poland 1980 Sell This Version
Chopin*, Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, Adam Harasiewicz, Garrick Ohlsson, Halina Czerny-Stefanska* Chopin*, Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, Adam Harasiewicz, Garrick Ohlsson, Halina Czerny-Stefanska* - Chopin-Festival (Die Schönsten Walzer, Polonaisen, Nocturnes, Mazurken U.A.) Pandora (2) Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Argerich* · Rostropovich*Chopin* / Schumann* Argerich* · Rostropovich*Chopin* / Schumann* - Sonate Op. 65 · Polonaise Op. 3 / Adagio & Allegro Op. 70 (Album) Deutsche Grammophon France 1981 Sell This Version
Robert Schumann - Martha Argerich, Mstislav Rostropovitch* Robert Schumann - Martha Argerich, Mstislav Rostropovitch* - Concerto Pour Piano - Concerto Pour Violoncelle Deutsche Grammophon France 1981 Sell This Version