Maurizio Pollini, born January 5 1942, in Milan, Italy, is a pianist whose combination of intellectual seriousness and extraordinary technical brilliance gave him a unique standing in the concert world.
Pollini made his debut at age nine. He graduated from the Milan Conservatory in 1959 and won the Ettore Pozzoli Competition that same year, followed by the Warsaw Chopin Competition in 1960. After receiving mixed receptions for his concert performances, he limited his recitals to focus on his technique and repertory. Pollini appeared on the stage more frequently during the second half of the 1960s, playing in the United States for the first time in 1968. In subsequent years he became known for his recordings and performances of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
The Aristipposian Poet
The Life You Give: Maurizio Pollini
in celebration of his life in music
January 5 at 9:30pm EST
Pollini’s albums received numerous awards, including a Grammy Award for best instrumental soloist performance (without orchestra) for Chopin: Nocturnes (2005). In 2010 he received the Japan Art Association’s Praemium Imperiale prize for music.