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Music critics either love her or hate her. This world famous Argentinian pianist is famous for her interpretations of virtuoso piano literature of the 19th and 20th centuries.
She has worked as a concert pianist with many famous conductors and has accompanied other star musicians such as Jospeh Szigeti, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky and many others. She has recorded prolifically and has close ties with Deutsche Grammophon. Argerich also takes a supportive interest in young artists.
In September 1999 the first International "Martha Argerich" Piano Competition took place in Buenos Aires – a competition which not only carries her name but in which she is president of the jury. Argerich inspires a cult following, maybe because of her penchant for cancelling concerts at the last moment.
She does not practise much and often sight-reads her pieces during the concert, which accounts for the improvised feeling of her performances. In Rome she plays a solo piano recital and a piano concerto with the S. Cecilia Orchestra conducted by Antonio Pappano.