Martha Argerich extends Hamburg festival with ex-husband Dutoit

The veteran pianist will hold a second round of her Hamburg festival this summer.

It has been extended from eight days to eleven and will feature the sidelined conductor Charles Dutoit.

Other artists appearing are: Khatia Buniatishvili, Maria João Pires, Renaud Capuçon, Mischa Maisky, Stephen Kovacevich, Dong Hyek Lim, Guy Braunstein, Sylvain Cambreling, Nicholas Angelich, Edgar Moreau and Renaud Capuçon.


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  • Nice to see Argerich showing support for her ex-husband. And what a great line-up of talent at that festival!

  • Mostly very impressive line up of soloists. What happened to the retirement of the great Maria João Pires?

    • Petros, Good question. I gather that “retirement” means different things to different people. Pires is an exceptional pianist.

      • Maria Joao Pires is very active, she plays solo recitals in Spain in main towns and she has even created her own festival. There is a world outside of the main circuits. She did not retire at all it was just an excuse to leave Askonas Holt.

    • I got the impression she was only going to stop the touring/ travelling thing, not stop performing altogether.

  • Good for Martha Argerich ! Not just a great musician, but a loyal friend not prepared to bow to the latest PC fad.

  • I have great admiration for Argerich but I think she is starting to lose her judgement in her advancing years. Two names immediately jump out from that lineup: Buniatishvili (!) and her ex.

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