Happy birthday Martha Argerich!

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Martha Argerich (born June 5, 1941) is an Argentine pianist. She is known for her expressive and virtuosic style.

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Argerich was born in Buenos Aires. She began playing piano at the age of three and by five, she came under the tutelage of Vincenzo Scaramuzza who emphasized lyricism in her playing. Her family moved to Europe in 1955. Argerich studied with Friedrich Gulda in Austria, and then with Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Stefan Askenase.

By 16 in 1957, Argerich won the Geneva International Music Competition and the Ferruccio Busoni International Competition.

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In 1965, she performed Chopin's Etude in C major (Op. 10, No. 1) at the 7th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and won. That same year, she made her debut in the United States at Lincoln Center and completed her first recording, which included works by such composers as Chopin, Brahms, Ravel, Prokofiev, and Liszt.

Argerich is known as quite shy, so she has given relatively few interviews.

Since the 1980s, she has become known for her interpretations of Sergei Rachmaninov, Messiaen and Prokofiev.

Argerich is also very supportive of youth musicians. She holds an annual festival and appears as a judge at many competitions.

Some awards she has won later in her career include two Grammy Awards for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (2000 and 2006) and a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance (2005).

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  • Birthday Date: Thursday, 05 June 2014
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