Part of: Keyboard Virtuosos I
The name of Maurizio Pollini evokes the story of an internationally renowned artist, prized by critics and audiences across several generations and in every corner of the globe.
For more than 40 years, Mr. Pollini has performed with celebrated conductors and orchestras at all the major European, American, and Japanese concert halls and festivals. He has been awarded many of classical music’s highest honors, including the Vienna Philharmonic Ehrenring, Salzburg’s Goldenes Ehrenzeichen, Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, A Life for Music–Artur Rubinstein Prize, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize, Tokyo’s Praemium Imperiale, Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award, and Università Complutense of Madrid’s Laurea Honoris Causa.
In 1995, Mr. Pollini opened Tokyo’s Pierre Boulez Music Festival with Boulez in attendance. That same year, the Salzburg Festival in Austria invited Mr. Pollini to present his own cycle of concerts, for which he devised a program of works drawing from different epochs and styles; in 1999, he was invited back to create another concert program. From 1999 through 2006, Mr. Pollini performed new concert cycles in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Rome, Switzerland, Milan, Berlin, and Vienna, with programs that mirrored his wide musical tastes, including both chamber and orchestral performances, from Gesualdo and Monteverdi to contemporary composers.
Mr. Pollini’s repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary composers (including premiere performances of works by Nono, Giacomo Manzoni, and Salvatore Sciarrino) and includes the complete Beethoven sonatas, which he has performed in Berlin, Munich, Milan, New York, London, Vienna, and Paris. Mr. Pollini has recorded works from the Classical, Romantic, and contemporary repertoire to worldwide critical acclaim. His recordings of the complete works for piano by Schoenberg, and of works by Berg, Webern, Manzoni, Nono, Boulez, and Stockhausen are a testament to his great passion for music of the 20th century. His album of Chopin nocturnes earned him many honors, including the ECHO Klassik Award, Choc de la Musique, Victoires de la Musique, Diapason d’Or de l’Année, Grammy Award, and Disco d’Oro.
In recognition of his 75th birthday, Deutsche Grammophon released Pollini’s complete recordings, comprising more than 55 CDs and three bonus DVDs. Included in the collection are his early interpretations of works by Boulez, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and others, as well as his complete cycle of the Beethoven sonatas and 2017 ECHO Klassik Award–winning album celebrating Chopin’s late works.