Martha Argerich was born in Buenos Aires, and she began playing the piano at the age of three. With her fifth year she took classes with Vincenzo Scaramuzza. In 1955 she came to Europe, where she studied with Friedrich Gulda in Austria. She Later studied with Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Stefan Askenase. When she was sixteen, she won both the international music competition within three weeks of Geneva as the Ferruccio Busoni International competition.
In 1965 she won the seventh edition of the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. One of the pieces that they played, with great conviction, was Chopin'sEtude in C major (op. 10, no. 1), and the following year she had her American debut in the Lincoln Centers Great Performers Series.
She made her first recording that same year. She took artworks by Chopin, Brahms, Ravel, Prokofiev, and Liszt. A few years later she recorded Chopin's Sonata No. 3,Polonaise, op. 53, and other works on. her technique is formidable, and there will be comparisons drawn with the play of Vladimir Horowitz. Her early recordings of ProkofievsToccata and the sixth Hungarian Rhapsody by Liszt are second to none. Her playing is characterised by her passionate and unique sound. Critics claim, however, that they are exaggerated dynamics and tempi.
In interviews several times to feel lonely Argerich has noted on the scene at solo performances. After the 1980s she concentrated mainly on Chamber music, performances with Orchestra and the guidance of other instrumentalists.
Martha Argerich was married three times. Her first marriage was to composer-conductor Robert Chen, with whom she had a daughter, Lyda Chen was born. From 1969 to 1973 she was married to the conductorCharles Dutoit, with whom she performed. In that time, Annie Dutoit is born. Her third husband was pianist Stephen Kovacevich, with whom she had a third child, Stephanie. One of her best friends is the Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire, with whom she often gave piano recitals.
It has its own festival, in which she sees her chance every year to promote young pianists, and is also often a member of the jury in important matches. When Ivo Pogorelich in 1980 in the third round of theInternational Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw was eliminated, she left the jury in protest with the words: "he is a genius!" [source?]
Her aversion to the press and publicity has led to a large portion of her career from Argerich the spotlight. It has also given few interviews. This has given her with a certain air of mystery enveloped. A certain volatility can also not be denied her. Her game is very temperamental and she is widely recognized as one of the greatest pianists of our time.
- 1957 Geneva International Music Competition: 1st prize
- 1965 International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition: 1st prize
- 2000 Grammy Award for best instrumental soloist (s) performance (with Orchestra):
- 2005 Grammy Award for best chamber music performance:
- Praemium Imperiale, Japan 2005
- 2006 Grammy Award for best instrumental soloist (s) performance (with Orchestra):