Renowned Pianist Maurizio Pollini Plays Chopin
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His “sheer virtuosity of playing remains astounding.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“It is astonishing that he can play the fast movements as fast as he does, even more astonishing when one hears the meticulous transparency in these rushes of detail.” —New York Times
Maurizio Pollini was born into a musical family in Milan, Italy, where his father, Gino, was a leading architect and his uncle was the sculptor Fausto Melotti.
Pollini received his first piano lessons at age six and in 1960, at age 18, was awarded the first prize at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw and appeared at La Scala, Milan, playing Chopin’s First Piano Concerto. He debuted in London and Berlin in 1963 and in the United States in 1968.
Since then, Pollini has become one of the most admired and respected pianists of modern times, appearing all over the world with leading orchestras and conductors as well as at the Salzburg and Lucerne festivals, among others. He is particularly renowned for his innovative concert programs which champion works by contemporary composers and contrasts them with those of the Classical and Romantic eras.
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