Biography of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920-1995)

Pianist and Professor Italian born on January 5, 1920 in Brescia and died on June 12, 1995, in Lugano, Switzerland. He is known for his interpretations of romantic composers, notably Claude Debussy.

Started in the music of his father, he began to study violin at the age of three. He studied in the Musical Institute of Venturi of Brescia and joined the ten years at the Conservatory of Milan, where he studied piano under the tutelage of Giuseppe Anfossi. At the age of thirteen, in 1933, he graduated from the Conservatory with honors. Since then, Michelangeli started a self-taught.

In 1939 he won first prize in the Geneva International competition for interpreters, award that gave rise to fame. That same year he was Professor of the Conservatory of Bologna; He briefly returned to the University, where he studied medicine for a time. His busy career was interrupted when he had entered as a pilot in the service of the Italian air force during the second world war.

It resumed its activities in 1946 with toured Europe and made a number of recordings that gave him a reputation for magnificent pianist. In 1948, during a tour of the United States, it was hailed as the greatest virtuoso of his time. Although her repertoire they highlighted the works of Chopin and Debussy, he showed special interest in the music of Beethoven, Scarlatti, Grieg, Mozart and Ravel.

His work, which shows incredible technical precision and an obsessive quest for perfection, reflects the delicacy of your fingers and your sensitivity towards harmony. He spent years preparing a piece before touching it in public, and despite its reputation to cancel almost all concerts, filled the rooms in which they acted.

In 1952, a serious illness forced him to interrupt his tours. He moved his residence to the North of Italy, where he dedicated himself to teaching. There he founded the International Academy of pianists of Brescia, institution of which he was artistic director for five years. His notable students include, among others, Martha Argerich and Maurizio Pollini.