June 2011 is a long way away but book now if you want to catch a rare sighting of the exquisite, dazzling and peerless Martha Argerich – arguably the best pianist in the world. Argerich (who made her debut aged eight in Buenos Aires playing Beethoven, and was known as a master pianist by the ’60s – albeit one who wore mini skirts and chain smoked cigarettes), is quite literally as good as it gets. If you’ve never gone to a concert of this sort – the thrill of the Royal Philarmonic supporting truly great piano playing – then this is the one. The music is Weber, Schumann and Stravinsky, and the conductor is Charles Dutoit, Argerich’s second of three husbands!
PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF 1 JUNE, WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT MARTHA ARGERICH IS NO LONGER PERFORMING THIS CONCERT AND THAT NIKOLAI LUGANSKY IS TAKING HER PLACE.