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Maurizio Pollini

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Maurizio Pollini (born January 5, 1942) is an Italian classical pianist.

He was born in Milan, the son of the Italian rationalist architect Gino Pollini. Maurizio studied piano first with Carlo Lonati, until the age of 13, then with Carlo Vidusso, until he was 18. He received a diploma from the Milan Conservatory and won the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1960, after which he studied under Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.

Since the mid-1960s, he has given recitals and appeared with major orchestras in Europe, the United States, and the Far East. He made his American debut in 1968 and his first tour of Japan in 1974.

Regarded as one of the greatest pianists of our age, he is especially noted for his performances of Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Schoenberg, Webern and for championing modern composers such as Pierre Boulez, Luigi Nono and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Important modern works were composed for Pollini, notably Nono’s …sofferte onde serene…, Giacomo Manzoni’s Masse: omaggio a Edgard Varèse and Salvatore Sciarrino’s fifth sonata. He displays an absolute technical sovereignty over the piano, but is sometimes criticized for his emotional conservatism. He has conducted both opera and orchestral music, sometimes leading the orchestra from the keyboard in concertos.

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  • didigodot

    Wow, his Schoenberg...

    18 Mar 3:43am Reply
  • AleSer31

    One of the greatest, if not the greatest interpreter of our time... I absolutely love his Chopin recordings!

    2 Jan 11:40am Reply
  • francis_bacon

    Pollini's Well Tempered Clavier, perfection

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    Nice artist for Chopin covers.

    15 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Andre1685

    Pollini's recording of Beethoven's late piano sonatas (Nos 28 - 32) is my all time favourite classics album. [2]

    9 Dec 2012 Reply
  • mahleria

    Also worth seeking out his Webern, Boulez, and Nono. Practically every recording he makes is definitive.

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • jespaa

    Just legendary

    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Rojavida

    Unsurpassed Chopin Etudes. (To my knowledge).

    8 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Rainman45

    Красиво, довольно интересная манера игры.

    9 Apr 2011 Reply
  • isukkinen

    Pollini's recording of Beethoven's late piano sonatas (Nos 28 - 32) is my all time favourite classics album.

    19 Nov 2010 Reply
  • keisuh

    His Chopin stuff is so cool yet passionate beneath the sound

    20 Sep 2010 Reply
  • yu00

    I agree with the person below, Pollini is a rare genius of our time.

    8 Sep 2010 Reply
  • DeepInMySoul

    Pollini is my favorite living classical pianist. His playing has just the right amounts, respectively, of discipline, restraint, power, and passion!

    4 Jun 2010 Reply
  • yousttyna

    http://www.lastfm.pl/group/POLLINI

    29 May 2010 Reply
  • Mirafound

    I'm personally most amazed by his Polonaises. Powerful yet beautiful as well.

    27 May 2010 Reply
  • andresroldan

    The Beethoven's Piano Concertos by Pollini and Abbado are terrific.

    4 May 2010 Reply
  • Jhaidinszaev

    "Pollini is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Chopin's interpreters but you guys should also take a listen to his other works, in particular his Debussy's and Beethoven's interpretations, which are, in my opinion, very interesting." <<< Chopin puts me to sleep, so I don't listen to it; I'm instead most familiar with Pollini's CD of the Schoenberg piano works, which I highly recommend for anyone interested in the music of the first half of the twentieth century. In particular, his interpretation of the Suite Op. 25 is the best I've heard yet.

    2 Mar 2010 Reply
  • IcarusB

    Agree with yu00 - Pollini's are the best Chopin interpretations. And for me Ballade No. 1 is the greatest piece of music for piano ever written. Every emotion covered in a 6min journey of the senses. Take me there and back!

    8 Dec 2009 Reply
  • yu00

    Pollini is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Chopin's interpreters but you guys should also take a listen to his other works, in particular his Debussy's and Beethoven's interpretations, which are, in my opinion, very interesting.

    21 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Mr-Usuario

    Nowadays, Nocturnes has a very important donation from each executioner. From Pollini, well... you have ears.

    13 Sep 2009 Reply
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