Italian pianist born in Milan on January 5, 1942. He studied piano with Carlo Lonati and composition and conducting at the Conservatory of Milan with Carlo Vidusso. In 1957 he was awarded a second prize in the Piano Competition of Geneva (Switzerland) and in 1960 won the International Chopin competition in Warsaw, whose jury presiding over the also pianist Arthur Rubinstein. From that moment, and instead of immediately devote itself to a successful career as a concert pianist, he decided to make some recordings like the of the piano concerto no. 1 Chopin for EMI, and delve into the art of the piano with Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. Fruit of this period of study with his master is his interpretive style, lucid and clear, although Pollini also acquired influences of interpretations of pianists such as Cortot and Gieseking.
In the mid-1960s, Pollini began giving recitals and playing as a soloist with major orchestras in Europe, United States and East led by masters such as Karajan, Celibidache, Muti or Abbado, great friend this last since his student days and with which it shares left-wing militancy.
His American debut took place in 1968 and his first tour of Japan in 1974. His repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary music and includes the integral cycle of the Beethovensonatas. He has recorded numerous albums dedicated to the classical, romantic and contemporary repertoire by composers of the second Vienna school such as Stockhausen, Berg and Webern.
Pollini is a big fan of contemporary music and has always tried to make it known to the general public. His repertoire usually included works by the Frenchman Pierre Boulez and his compatriots such as Luciano Berio, Manzoni and Franco Donatoni.
Since 1982 he conducted raids in the orchestral direction, field in which debuted with the donna del lago Rossini opera Pesaro Festival. He also directed several concerts for piano by Mozart, which also acted as a soloist.
In 1987, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra awarded him with the Ehrering. In 1996 he received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in Munich, in 1999 the Rubinstein Prize in Venice and in 2010 the Imperial prize of Japan. Also has been awarded the Medal of the order of merit of the Italian Republic in grade of Knight, in 2000, and the Gold Medal of culture and art.
Bartók, B: Concert for piano No. 1 and 2. Interpreters: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, M. Pollini. Director: C. Abbado. DG. Beethoven, L. V.: Sonatas for piano No. 17, 21, 25 and 26. Performer: M. Pollini (piano). PGD/Deutsche Grammophon 27642. Brahms, j..: Concert for piano No. 1 and 2. Performers: Orchestra Vienna Philharmonic, M. Pollini (piano). Director: C.Abbado, K. Böhm. PGD/Deutsche Grammophon 453067. Schubert, F.:Wanderer Fantasie.Schumann, r..: Fantasie op.17 interpreter: M. Pollini (piano). PGD/Deutsche Grammophon 47451.