The Greatest Pianists Of Our Generation
In line with many of the world’s best musicians, Murray Perahia began training at the young age of four, but it wasn’t until his mid-teens that he really began to take music seriously. From that point onwards his career began; he started by winning several competitions.
He was lucky enough to be able to work with the infamous composer Benjamin Britten, before becoming the artistic director of the Alderburgh Festival for almost a decade. This allowed him to flex his wings in terms of creativity. In addition to this, he has performed and recorded numerous concerts, which is made all the more impressive when you learn that he has suffered from some serious, long-term, recurring hand injuries.
Born in Argentina, Martha Argerich started playing the piano at a very young age, performing for the first time when she was just eight. She continued to learn and improve, before winning the 1965 Chopin Competition in Warsaw. In the past it was more common to see her performing as a solo artist, but more recently it appears that she has begun to favor performing in concertos with other musicians.
Argerich has been hailed as one of the greatest pianists of all time, so it’s impressive that she’s managed to stay out of the limelight to such a large degree. However, that doesn’t mean she’s been living a quiet life. When not performing herself, Argerich has spent her time promoting the work of other aspiring young musicians.