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Martha Argerich
Martha Argerich For the past 40 years, Argentinean pianist Martha Argerich has been among the most enigmatic, and the most revered musicians around. She won the Busoni competition at age 16, and captured 1st prize at the Warsaw International Piano Competition at age 24.
Because she rarely gives interviews and hates publicity, she may not be as well known as some other superstar virtuosos. But at age 61, she still manages to draw crowds, despite all her "caprices and cancellations," with her fiery concert performances and numerous recordings including works by Chopin, Liszt, Prokofiev, and Bartók, to name a few.

Chopin Piano Works: Martha Argerich -- The Legendary 1965 Recording For an introduction to Argerich...
Upon winning the Chopin competition in 1965, Argerich made a recording of works by Frédéric Chopin immediately following her victory. But an exclusivity clause in the pianist's recording contract prohibited its release. In 1999, the recording was finally issued on CD, and PT critic Rachel Franklin reviewed it upon its release. From that Chopin disc, hear Martha Argerich play the Polonaise No. 6 in A-flat major. (EMI Classics 5 56805) Originally aired in July, 1999.
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Related Links
  • Martha Argerich biography from EMI Classics


  • Martha Argerich discography on EMI Classics


  • Martha Argerich presents
        a special series of CDs presenting young artists


  • The Martha Argerich Conspiracy
        a humorous site linking Argerich to pianist Mitsuko Uchida