Just in: Martha Argerich clears her diary due to a ‘heart problem’

Just in: Martha Argerich clears her diary due to a ‘heart problem’


norman lebrecht

January 15, 2023

The outstanding pianist, who is 81, has cancelled three concerts in Lyon for health reasons.

Here’s the local statement:
Aux lendemains de trois concerts donnés à la Philharmonie de Berlin avec Daniel Barenboim, malgré un état de santé précaire dû à un problème cardiaque, Martha Argerich, souffrante, n’est plus en mesure d’assurer ses prochains engagements et annule récitals et tournées jusqu’à nouvel ordre.Elle est remplacée par son disciple et ami de longue date, le pianiste Sergio Tiempo, également élève de Murray Perahia et de Nelson Freire, que nous sommes heureux d’accueillir à Piano à Lyon et que nous remercions très chaleureusement pour sa participation au pied levé à ces récitals.

Which translates as:
Following three concerts at the Berlin Philharmonic with Daniel Barenboim, (and) despite a precarious state of health due to a heart problem, Martha Argerich, suffering, is unable to fulfil her next commitments and (must) cancel recitals and tours until on further notice. She is replaced by her disciple and long-time friend, the pianist Sergio Tiempo, also a pupil of Murray Perahia and Nelson Freire, whom we are happy to welcome to Piano in Lyon and whom we thank very warmly for his participation at short notice in these recitals.

We wish Martha a rapid recovery.


  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    Sad news – wishing her all health. We need her inspired performances.

  • 88 says:

    Best wishes for good health and a speedy recovery. She certainly has earned a break.

  • Beat the Hooven says:

    She is an inspiration as a woman musician who has character, style and poise, rocking the stages in her 80’s still. I wish her the best and a speedy recovery.

  • David says:

    So worried, hope she recovers quickly. [redacted: abuse]

    • Maria says:

      If so, then why didn’t brought write to Norman Lebrecht and tell him of this news on 9th? Perhaps like many of us in the profession, we simply didn’t see it anywhere else – until just now!

  • Ernest says:

    Praying she makes a full recovery. We were fortunate to have her and her daughter and grandson play for us in Singapore for three nights last month.

  • TishaDoll says:

    I would imagine her heart broke when she saw how frail her lifelong friend was, and all the energy she expended those 3 nights to encourage him on. It is no wonder she was physically exhausted after those performances

  • Quinten says:

    She cancelled two concerts in Lyon and three in Rome. More cancellations to come, I’m afraid.

  • Emanuele P says:

    Pollini, Argerich…. no please, the world still needs you very much, stay here with us for many more years please…..

  • vicomtedelomagne says:

    I wish her well.
    She cancelled in 1983 in Cadaques as well [!]- we had Ivo Pogorelich instead.