Maurizio Pollini


The name of Maurizio Pollini  evokes  an extremely important career, story of a man and an artist known all over the world, prized by  audiences and critics  across every latitude and several generations.

Protagonist since  more than 40 years  in all the major European, American and Japanese concert halls and festival, Maurizio Pollini has performed with the  most celebrate conductors an orchestras.

He has been awarded many International prizes: the Vienna Philharmonic Ehrenring in 1987, the Goldenes Ehrenzeichen  of the Town Salzburg  in 1995;  the Ernst-von-Siemens Music Prize in Munich in 1996, the “A Life for Music – Artur Rubinstein” Prize in Venice in 1999 and the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize in Milan in 2000, Artiste Etoile of the Lucerne Festival, 2004.   October 2010 Pollini has been awarded the  prestigious Prize Imperiale in Tokyo.  2012 the Royal Philharmonic Society Award., 2013  Laurea Honoris Causa of the Complutense University, Madrid.

In 1995 Maurizio Pollini opened the Festival that Tokyo dedicated to Pierre Boulez. In the same year and in 1999  the Salzburg Festival  invited him to  devise and  present  an own cycle of concerts, which  included in the programmes works  of different epochs and styles. Later in the years, between 1999 and 2006,  with the same philosophy  Maurizio Pollini  realized  new cycles  performed  in New York at the Carnegie Hall (in 1999/2000 and 2000/01), in Paris for la Cité de la Musique and in Tokyo (both in 2002), in Rome at the Parco della Musica (March 2003) and Vienna with programmes including both chamber and orchestral performances and mirroring his wide musical tastes from Gesualdo and Monteverdi to the presentNew cycles have been  devised  between  2008 and 2013  at the Lucerne Festival, Accademia di Santa Cecilia Roma, Cité de la Musique Paris, Teatro alla Scala Milano, in Tokyo and in Berlin.

Maurizio Pollini’s repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary composers (including première performances of Manzoni, Nono and Sciarrino) and includes the complete Beethoven 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 acclaims. 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.

Pollini’s  recording of Chopin Nocturnes  was received with the greatest enthusiasm by audience and critics alike: in 2007 he was awarded a Grammy for the best Instrumental Soloist Performance and the Disco d’Oro, in 2006 an Echo Award (Germany), Choc de la Musique, Victoires de la Musique and Diapason d’Or de l’Année (France). A CD with the Mozart piano Concertos n.12 KV414 and n.24 KV491 with the Vienna Philharmonic was released in April 2008 followed by the second CD with Concertos n.17 KV453 and n.21 KV467 and by a new recording dedicated to Chopin.  Brahms nr 1 with Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann has been released both in CD and DVD  late fall 2011, Brahms nr 2, always with Dresden and Thielemann spring 2014.

DGG has released  three box dedicated to the Art of Maurizio Pollini ,  a new CD featuring Chopin Préludes and other pieces, Beethoven Sonatas and most recently

A CD with Chopin’s late works which has been awarded the ECHO Prize 2017.

September 2017