Martha Argerich, Buenos Aires born pianist and child prodigy (she began playing her instrument of choice when she was five) has been announced as one of the five Honorees to will receive the Kennedy Center Honors in 2016.
Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein is quoted as saying that “The Kennedy Center Honors celebrates the spectacular talents of artists whose brilliance has left a lasting impact on our society”. During the ceremony the recipients will be seated with the President of the United States, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama. They will be celebrated by today’s most important artists and performers from around the world and receive the recognition and appreciation of their peers through performances and tributes.
Quite the night it will be!
Along with Argerich, rock band the Eagles, screen and stage actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples, and musician James Taylor from this year’s selection of five Honorees to receive the prestigious title on December 4, 2016, at the center’s 39th annual national celebration of the arts.
Argerich left her native Argentina in 1955 to further her studies in London, Vienna and Switzerland. She won the Bolzano and Geneva Piano competitions in 1957 and the Warsaw International Chopin Competition in 1965. She is famous for her interpretations of virtuoso piano literature of the 19th and 20th centuries – such as Bach, Bartók, Beethoven and Stravinsky among others.
Chamber music takes up much of her time, but she also performs for the most prestigious orchestras, conductors, and music festivals in Europe, Japan, and America. She is also known for organizing international competitions where she also sometimes serves as juror, hosts an annual festival, performs special concerts, and teaches masterclasses herself along.
So, let’s celebrate this lady’s life, passion and contribution to music. Here’s to many more titles and achievements added to Argentina’s bragging belt (a.k.a the Copa America 2016. Vamos Argentina!).