Italian Pianist Maurizio Pollini Passes Away at 82

Maurizio Pollini

Maurizio Pollini executes his performance for Musica Insieme at Municipal Theater of Bologna on January 9, 2017 in Bologna, Italy.

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Maurizio Pollini, a Grammy-winning Italian pianist that executed often at La Scala concert hall in Milan, has actually passed away. He was 82.

Pollini passed away on Saturday (March 23), La Scala claimed in a declaration. The statement didn’t define a reason of fatality, yet Pollini had actually been required to terminate a show at the Salzburg Festival in 2022 as a result of heart troubles.

During a 6 decades-long global job, Pollini’s collection broadened past the basic classics. He welcomed very early 20th-century work of arts by Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern and postwar modernists such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez and Luigi Nono.

La Scala specified the pianist as “one of the great musicians of our time and a fundamental reference in the artistic life of the theater for over 50 years.”

Pollini was taken into consideration a pianist with one-of-a-kind intellectual power, whose unsurpassed strategy and expository drive urged audiences to meditate.

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He was birthed in Milan on Jan. 5, 1942, right into a household of musicians. His papa, Gino Pollini, was a violinist and a leading rationalist engineer. His mom, Renata Melotti, sang and played the piano, as did her sibling, Fausto Melotti, that was likewise a leader of abstract sculpture.

“I grew up in a house with art and artists,” Pollini claimed in a meeting. “Old works and modern works coexisted together as part of life.”

Pollini started providing shows prior to his 10th birthday celebration, executing Chopin’s Etudes at age 14 and afterwards winning the International Chopin Piano Competition at 18, as the youngest international pianist amongst a team of 89 candidates.

Arthur Rubinstein, head of state of the court, apparently claimed that the young pianist “already plays better than any of us.”

After his very first global acknowledgment, nonetheless, Pollini placed his job on hold to research, discussing that executing as soon as possible would certainly have been for him “a little premature.”

“I wanted to study, get to know the repertoire better, play the music of Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms,” he claimed.

In the late 1960s, Pollini joined improvisated shows in manufacturing facilities and programs for trainees and employees at La Scala, carried out by long time pal Claudio Abbado.

During his lengthy global job, he likewise teamed up with various other popular conductors, consisting of Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim and Riccardo Chailly.

Pollini did his very first American trip in 1968. From the 1970s to the ‘90s, he made a collection of recordings with the Deutsche Grammophon tag, ending up being a renowned interpreter of standards like Beethoven, Schumann and Schubert.

His cds won a number of honors, consisting of a Grammy in 2007 for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without band) for Chopin: Nocturnes.

He is made it through by his better half Marilisa, and his kid Daniele, likewise a well-known pianist and conductor.



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