Concerto Taormina Martha Argerich: Daniel Rivera

Marta Argerich She is considered “one of the most authoritative interpreters of her era, endowed, in addition to unusual technical possibilities, with great evocative qualities and timbric research, and at the same time capable of marking her own interpretations with vivid spontaneity.

 Born in Buenos Aires, she studied piano from the age of five with Vincenzo Scaramuzza.  Enfant child prodige, he soon began to perform in public.  He arrived in Europe in 1955: he studied in London, Vienna and Switzerland with Bruno Seidlhofer, Friedrich Gulda and Nikita Magaloff, with Mrs Lipatti and with Stefan Askenase.  

Two years later he already won the First Prize in the competitions of Bolzano and Geneva, then in 1965 he won the Chopin competition in Warsaw. From that moment, his career is a succession of triumphs.  Although it is particularly suitable for virtuoso pages of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries due to its temperament and technique, it refuses to consider itself as a specialist of a particular era.  His repertoire is therefore very vast, including Bach, as well as Bartók, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Franck, Prokof’ev, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Čajkovskij, Messiaen.  

Regularly invited by the most prestigious festivals and the best orchestras in Europe, America and Japan, she also favors chamber music: she often plays and records with pianists such as Nelson Freire, Alexandre Rabinovitch, with cellist Mischa Maisky and violinist Gidon Kremer.  In 1996 she was appointed an Official of the Arts and Letters by the French Government and, in 1997, Academician of Santa Cecilia in Rome.

 Selected the following year as Artistic Director of the Beppu Festival in Japan, in 1999 he created both the International Piano Competition and the Martha Argerich Festival in Buenos Aires to then create, in 2002, the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano. 

 In 2004 she was awarded the title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture and Communications, while, in 2005, she was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan, as well as the prestigious Praemium Imperiale  of the Japan Arts Associations.  Many of his concerts have been broadcast on television all over the world and he has recorded for record companies such as Emi, Sony, Philips, Teldec and DGG.  

Upcoming recordings: Schumann’s Concerto and Beethoven’s Triple with Alexandre Rabinovitch (live in Lugano) and Beethoven’s concerts No. 1 and No. 3 with Claudio Abbado. Her records, especially those recorded for Emi, have won her many awards: Grammy Award (for the Concerts of Bartók and Prokof’ev), Gramophon as Artist of the Year and Best Recording of a Concert for Piano of the Year “Music  (for the Chopin concerts) of the World of Music, and “Artist of the Year of the German Record Critic” for his recital in Amsterdam. In 2001, “Musical America” ​​elected Martha Argerich Musician of the Year.

Daniel Rivera born 17/05/52, in Argentina in Rosario is considered a pioneer of the great piano challenges.  Thanks to the victory in 1973 of the “Scaramuzza” Award in Buenos Aires, he continued his studies in Europe with A. Specchi, M.Tipo and L. Hoffmann.  The victories in the most prestigious international competitions mark the beginning of a luminous concert career.  

Among his many radio and record recordings, the CDs for IRCO Cosentino, label of the two legendary concerts held in Rosario in 2012 along with Martha Argerich (he was the author of the return to Argentina).  Recently he has held numerous solo recital and with piano and orchestra.  She is a well-known teacher at high-level institutes and jury president in international competitions.  Rosario, his city, honored him as “a distinguished artist and Ambassador of Music”.  

In 2019 he received the Konex Award, in Argentina, a prestigious award reserved for people who stand out for their artistic trajectory, and considered examples of life for the younger generations.

 In 2019 he received the Konex Award, in Argentina, a prestigious award reserved for people who stand out for their artistic trajectory, and considered examples of life for the younger generations.

Organization TAORMINA OPERA STARS 

production SALVATORE COCO 

musical director MAURIZIO GULLOTTA