For more than 40 years pianist Maurizio Pollini has performed with the most celebrated conductors and orchestras in all the major concert halls and at festivals throughout Europe, America, and Japan. He has been awarded many international prizes, including the Vienna Philharmonic Ehrenring (1987), the Salzburg Goldenes Ehrenzeichen (1995), the Prize Imperiale in Tokyo (2010), and the Royal Philharmonic Society Award (2012).
In 1995 Maurizio Pollini opened the Pierre Boulez Festival in Tokyo. In the same year and in 1999 the Salzburg Festival invited him to curate and present his own series of concerts, which included works of different epochs and styles. Between 1999 and 2006, with the same philosophy, he realized new cycles that he performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and in Paris, Tokyo, Rome, and Vienna with programs including both chamber and orchestral performances.
Maurizio Pollini’s repertoire ranges from J.S. Bach to contemporary composers (including premiere performances of Giacomo Manzoni, Nono, and Salvatore Sciarrino) and includes Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas, which he has performed in Berlin, Munich, Milan, New York, London, Vienna, and Paris. He has recorded works from the Classical, Romantic, and contemporary repertoire to worldwide critical acclaim. His recordings of Schoenberg’s complete cycle for piano and of works by Berg, Webern, Manzoni, Nono, Boulez, and Stockhausen are a testament to his great passion for music of the 20th century. Mr. Pollini’s recording of Chopin’s Nocturnes was received with the greatest enthusiasm by audience and critics alike: he was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance, the Disco d’Oro, an ECHO Klassik Award (Germany), Choc de la Musique, Victoires de la Musique, and Diapason d’Or de l’Année (France). Deutsche Grammophon has recently released the box set The Art of Maurizio Pollini, featuring Stravinsky’s Petrushka, Chopin’s Études op. 25, and concertos by Beethoven and Mozart, and Maurizio Pollini’s performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 from the 1960 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition.
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