The Portuguese-born pianist Maria Joao Pires announced her retirement two months ago.
It was intended to take effect next summer. But Pires has cancelled her 2018 dates and tonight’s Zurich concert with Bernard Haitink and the Tonhalle appears to be her last public performance.
Pires is 73.
Her final work is Mozart’s last piano concerto, K595.
We wish her a contented retirement.