Martha Argerich, born in Buenos Aires, won First Prize in the 7th International Frédéric Chopin Competition in Warsaw (1965). One of the world’s most brilliant pianists, she is enthusiastically received for her interpretations of the virtuoso piano literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her broad repertoire includes works by Bach , Bartok, Beethoven, Messiaen, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Franck, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and many others. She began learning piano at age of five with Vincenzo Scaramuzza. She performed like a child prodigy, before moving to Europe in 1955 to continue her education in London, Vienna and Switzerland, with Bruno Seidlhofer, Friedrich Gulda, Nikita Magaloff, Arturo Benedetto Michelangeli and Stefan Askenaze. She has work with the most outstanding orchestras, conductors and music festivals in the world. Chamber music also plays an important part in her artistic activities. She has worked with the greatest musicians alive: pianists Nelson Freire, Stephen Bishop- Kovacevich, Evgeny Kissin, Alexandre Rabinovitch and Mikhail Pletnev, cellist Mischa Maisky, the violinists Ivry Gitlis, Itzhak Perlman and Gidon Kremer and many others. She has made numerous recordings for EMI, Sony, Philips, Teldec and DGG, winning prestigious awards. Since 1998, she has been artistic director of the Beppu Festival in Japan. In 1999 she created the Martha Argerich International Piano Competition and festival in Buenos aires, and in 2002 the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano. Her many awards and distinctions include the Officer’s Cross (1996) and Commander’s Cross (2004) of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the award of the Accademia de santa Cecilia in rome(1997), the Order of the Rising Sun with the Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon from Emperor of Japan and “Preamium Imperiale”of the Japanese Arts Assciation ( 2005). She is a member of the jury of the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw.