Born in 1942, Maurizio Pollini studied with Carlo Lonati and Carlo Vidusso. After winning
First Prize at the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in 1960, he established
an international career, performing in the world's major concert halls and working with the
most distinguished orchestras and conductors, including Karl Böhm, Sergiu Celibidache,
Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Zubin Mehta, Wolfgang
Sawallisch, and Riccardo Muti.
In 1995, Mr. Pollini opened the Pierre Boulez Festival in Tokyo. That same year and in
1999, he organized and performed in his own concert series at the Salzburger Festspiele as
well as in New York (Carnegie Hall), Paris (Cité de la musique), Tokyo, and Rome
(Auditorium Parco Della Musica ). These varied programs included both chamber and
orchestral performances, from Gesualdo and Monteverdi to contemporary music. In 2004, Mr.
Pollini was the Artist Étoile at the Lucerne Festival, performing a recital and orchestral
concerts conducted by Abbado and Boulez.
Mr. Pollini's repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary composers, including premiere
performances of works by Giacomo Manzoni, Luigi Nono, and Salvatore Sciarrino, as well as
the complete Beethoven sonatas, which he has performed in Berlin, Munich, Milan, New York,
London, Vienna, and Paris. His recordings of Classical, Romantic, and contemporary
repertoire have received critical acclaim worldwide; Mr. Pollini's discs of Schoenberg's
complete works for piano, as well as works by Berg, Webern, Manzoni, Nono, Boulez, and
Stockhausen, are a testament to his great passion for 20th-century music. For his recording
of Chopin nocturnes, he received a Disco d'Oro and a Grammy Award in 2007; he has also
received an ECHO Klassik award, a Choc de la Musique, a Victoires de la Musique, and a
Diapason d'Or de l'Année. Mr. Pollini's recording of Mozart piano concertos-K. 453 and K.
467-with the Vienna Philharmonic and a disc dedicated to Chopin were both released in
Mr. Pollini is the recipient of the Vienna Philharmonic Ehrenring (1987), the Ernst von
Siemens Music Prize (1966), the "A Life for Music-Arthur Rubinstein" Prize (1999), and the
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize (2000).