Martha Argerich was born in Buenos Aires. From the age of five, she took piano lessons with Vicenzo Scaramuzza. In 1955 she went to Europe with her family, and received tuition from Friedrich Gulda in Vienna; her teachers also included Nikita Magaloff and Stefan Askenase. Following her first prizes in the piano competitions in Bolzano and Geneva in 1957, she embarked on an intensive programme of concerts.
Nelson Freire has long been seen as a connoisseur’s pianist, but a series of superb recordings have raised his profile to the extent that he is now thought of as one of today’s universally recognised great musicians. Whether playing the great warhorses of the repertoire or the gentlest miniatures, he brings to his performances a level of quiet thoughtfulness that puts him in a class of his own.
Pablo Galdo is considered as one of the most renowned Spanish pianists and most outstanding of his generation. Some of the world's greatest pianists and masters have been unanimous in highlighting his talent and musicianship. Hungarian pianist Tamas Vasary, one of the most renowned pianists of XX’s century, said about him: After listening to Pablo Galdo’s recording, I inmediatly invited him to play with me a 4 hands recital.
SergioTiempo is among the most accomplished South American pianists of his generation. While he is less known in the United States, he has achieved considerable fame in Japan and most of Europe. His repertory is fairly broad but mostly in the Romantic and post-Romantic mainstream, with Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Mussorgsky, and Ravel heavily represented.
Tamás Vásáry is well known as a virtuoso pianist in Soviet-dominated Hungary, but flourished internationally in the 1960s and '70s following his departure to the West. In the late '70s he turned to conducting and toured extensively in that role, especially in the USA.