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 many latitudes and several generations.
Protagonist since more than 40 years in all the major European, American and Japanese concert halls and festivals, 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. In October 2010 Pollini has been awarded the prestigious Prize Imperiale in Tokyo and 2012 the Royal Philharmonic Society Award.
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 present. In the summer 2004 he has been the »Artist Etoile« at the International Festival Lucerne, performing a recital and concerts with orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado and Pierre Boulez.
New 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 premier 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.
Also Pollini’s recent 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.
DGG has recently released a 3-CD box dedicated to the Art of Maurizio Pollini and October 2012 a new CD featuring Chopin »Préludes« and other pieces.