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Farewell to Maurizio Pollini, piano legend
The famous musician died in his Milan on March 23, 2024, he had recently turned 82
Maurizio Pollini, unanimously considered among the greatest pianists of all time, he passed away in Milan in the morning of Saturday 23 March 2024.

He turned 82 on January 5th; the Maestro had been suffering from serious cardiovascular problems for some time and in recent years he had been forced to cancel several concerts due to health problems, from the recital scheduled for the Salzburg Festival in August 2022 in honor of his 80th birthday, canceled at the last minute with the audience already in the room, at the charity concert scheduled for November of the same year in Turin in favor of the Red Cross for the flood victims of the Marche; the situation then improved, so much so that there had been other performances, and several dates had been scheduled for the current season.

The Master's passing was announced by Teatro alla Scala, an institution to which Pollini was deeply attached and where the funeral chapel will be held on Tuesday 26 March.

Born in Milan in 1942, son of the architect Gino Pollini and the musician Renata Melotti, Maurizio Pollini showed a very precocious talent, and rose to international prominence in 1960 with his victory, at just 18 years old, at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, one of the most important in the world. Since then he has been an undisputed protagonist of the international concert scene, so much so that it would be impossible to draw up a list of all the places where he performed and the artists with whom he played. In over 60 years of activity, Maurizio Pollini has performed on the stages of all the musical centers of Europe, America and Japan, he has played with the most famous conductors in the world and with all the most important orchestras; He has dozens of recordings to his credit, has received countless awards and has been awarded prestigious honours, including that of Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and the Imperial Prize of Japan.

Maurizio Pollini was an interpreter capable of revolutionizing the perception of authors such as Chopin, Schubert, Debussy and Beethoven himself, while at the same time promoting with great dedication the repertoire of the historical avant-gardes, Schoenberg above all, and contemporary music. His interpretations have always been based on total respect for the written text, but remaining very modern, without lyrical abandon or virtuosic elegance, with an expressive force entirely internal to the work. Alongside his greatness as an instrumentalist, his testimony on the role of music itself remains fundamental, understood as an essential component of culture and civil life and as an instrument for the transformation of society.

The bond that united Maurizio Paolini with the Teatro alla Scala, where he performed 168 times, from his debut on 11 October 1958 to his last recital on 13 February 2023. And La Scala "mourns" the passing of the Maestro, "one of the great musicians of our time and a fundamental reference in artistic life of the theater for over fifty years" - we read in the note issued by Piermarini, - "The Superintendent Dominique Meyer, the Musical Director Riccardo Chailly, the professors of the orchestra and the workers at La Scala are alongside his wife Marilisa, his son Daniele and all the family."

Deep condolencesAcademy of Santa Cecilia, where Pollini made his debut on 22 January 1961 and of which he became an Academician in 1978, performing in over sixty productions until his last appearance on 7 February 2022: “The National Academy of Santa Cecilia, the President – Superintendent Michele dall' Ongaro, the designated Music Director Daniel Harding, the Director Emeritus Antonio Pappano, the Orchestra, the Choir and the workers all mourn the passing of Maurizio Pollini, one of the great musicians of our time and Academician of Santa Cecilia since 1978.”

Many messages of condolence arrived from all the major Italian musical institutions and beyond.

“A poet of the piano who in his long years of extraordinary career has brought prestige to Italy on the international artistic scene”, thus the memory of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella.

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(Photocredit Brescia & Amisano, Teatro alla Scala)
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