Martha Argerich 2 re credit Adriano Heitmann 25th November 2010

Music: book now for Martha Argerich and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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.

Mitsuko Uchida at Severance Hall 4th October 2010

Music: Mitsuko Uchida plays Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin

There can’t be many greater pleasures, or privileges, than listening to the great and justly renowned Mitsuko Uchida play Beethoven. We were once given tickets to a concert as a Christmas present and it was an inspired and memorable gift in every sense. In this concert Uchida plays Beethoven’s intense two-movement Sonata Op.90, Schumann’s poetic Davidsbündlertänze, and Chopin’s transporting Piano Sonato no. 3. Tomorrow’s concert—Uchida is in London for one night only—is nearly sold out. But not quite. Get there if you possibly can.