Ivo pogorelich, pianist
Stepped into the planetary spotlight in 1980 during the 10th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, where, for reasons which have never been fully explained, he was eliminated before the final round. This controversial and unfounded decision resulted in dissatisfaction among certain members of the jury, who left the competition in protest, while pianist Martha Argerich explained her decision to leave by declaring Pogorelich a genius. His debut in New York Carnegie Hall in 1981 was followed by sensational solo performances on the world’s most important stages, as well as those with renowned orchestras such as the Vienna, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, the London, Boston and Chicago Symphony orchestras and the Tonhalle and Concertgebouw orchestras to name but a few.
As an exclusive artist of Deutsche Grammophon record label between 1981 and 1998, Ivo Pogorelich released the extensive discography including fourteen albums. In August 2019 he became an exclusive artist of Sony Classical and released his first studio recordings in 20 years. In 2021/2022 he will be touring recitals in the Far East (China, Taiwan and Japan), as well as a large number of other concerts and projects on European stages with a program dedicated to the music of Frederic Chopin.
“The ordinary and the easily consumable are simply not an option for this visionary of the 88 keys.” — SALZBURGER NACHRICHTEN
“He played each note exactly, with such a feeling, such expression, he was an entire orchestra – it was as if he played 200 years ahead of our time…”
— NEW YORK TIMES
— NEW YORK TIMES