Martha Argerich

Martha Argerich is an Argentine classical concert pianist. She is considered one of the greatest pianists of all time. Argerich was born in Argentina, her paternal ancestors were Spanish Catalans based in Buenos Aires since the 18th century. Her maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire, who settled in Colonia Villa Clara in the Entre Ríos province—one of the colonies established by Baron de Hirsch and the Jewish Colonization Association; the provenance of the name Argerich is Spain. She started playing the piano at age three. At the age of five, she moved to teacher Vincenzo Scaramuzza, who stressed to her the importance of lyricism and feeling. Argerich gave her debut concert in 1949 at the age of eight; the family moved to Europe in 1955. Juan Perón the president of Argentina, made their decision possible by appointing her parents to diplomatic posts in the Argentine Embassy in Vienna, she studied with Stefan Askenase and Maria Curcio. Argerich seized opportunities for brief periods of coaching with Madeleine Lipatti, Abbey Simon, Nikita Magaloff.

In 1957, at sixteen, she won both the Geneva International Music Competition and the Ferruccio Busoni International Competition within three weeks of each other. It was at the latter that she met Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, whom she would seek out for lessons during a personal artistic crisis at the age of twenty, though she only had four lessons with him in a year and a half, her greatest influence was Gulda. Argerich performed her debut concert at the age of 8, playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor and Beethoven's First Piano Concerto in C major. Argerich rose to international prominence when she won the seventh International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1965, at age 24. In that same year, she debuted in the United States in Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series. In 1960, she had made her first commercial recording, which included works by Chopin, Ravel and Liszt. In 1967, she recorded Chopin's Polonaise, Op. 53. Argerich has remarked in interviews of feeling "lonely" on stage during solo performances.

Since the 1980s, she has staged few solo performances, concentrating instead on concertos and, in particular, chamber music, collaborating with instrumentalists in sonatas. One notable compilation pairs Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 with Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. Argerich has promoted younger pianists, both through her annual festival and through her appearances as a member of the jury at international competitions; the pianist Ivo Pogorelić was thrust into the musical spotlight as a result of Argerich's actions: after he was eliminated in the third round of the 1980 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Argerich proclaimed him a genius and left the jury in protest. She has supported several artists including Gabriela Montero, Mauricio Vallina, Sergio Tiempo, Roberto Carnevale Gabriele Baldocci, Christopher Falzone and others. Argerich is the president of the International Piano Academy Lake Como and performs annually at the Lugano Festival, she has created and been a General Director of the Argerich Music Festival and Encounter in Beppu, since 1996.

Her aversion to the press and publicity has resulted in her remaining out of the limelight for most of her career. She is recognized as one of the greatest pianists in history, her performance of Liszt's First Piano Concerto conducted by Daniel Barenboim at The Proms 2016 prompted this review in The Guardian: "It was an unforgettable performance. Argerich celebrated her 75th birthday in June this year, but that news doesn’t seem to have reached her fingers, her playing is still as dazzling, as frighteningly precise. This was unmistakably and unashamedly Liszt in the grand manner, a bit old-fashioned and sometimes a bit vulgar at times, but in this of all concertos, with Barenboim and the orchestra following each twist and turn, every little quickening and moment of expressive reflection, it seemed appropriate."Argerich returned to the Proms at the age of 78 in 2019 to perform Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto under the baton of Barenboim, a performance described as mesmerizing. Argerich has been married three times.

Her first marriage, to composer-conductor Robert Chen, with whom she had a daughter, violist Lyda Chen-Argerich, ended in 1964. From 1969 to 1973, Argerich was married to Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit, with whom she had a daughter, Annie Dutoit. Argerich continues to perform with Dutoit. In the 1970s she was briefly married to pianist Stephen Kovacevich, with whom she has a daughter, Stéphanie. In 1990, Argerich was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. After treatment, the cancer went into remission, but there was a recurrence in 1995 metastasizing to her lungs and lymph nodes. Following an experimental treatment at the John Wayne cancer institute in Santa Monica pioneered by oncologist Donald Morton, Argerich's cancer went into remission again. In gratitude, Argerich performed a Carnegie Hall recital benefiting the Institute; as of 2019, Argerich remained cancer-free. In 2002, director Georges Gachot released Martha Argerich, Evening Conversation, a documentary film abo

Pico Boulevard

Pico Boulevard is a major Los Angeles street that runs from the Pacific Ocean at Appian Way in Santa Monica to Central Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, California, USA. It is named after the last Mexican governor of Alta California. Pico runs parallel south of Olympic Boulevard and is one of the southernmost major streets leading into Downtown Los Angeles, running north of Venice Boulevard and south of Olympic Boulevard. Numerically, it takes the place of 13th Street. Major landmarks include Santa Monica College, Santa Monica High School, the Westside Pavilion mall, Fox Studios, the Hillcrest Country Club, the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Convention Center. Pico Boulevard starts in the city of Santa Monica and enters the city of Los Angeles near the intersection with Centinela Avenue; the neighborhoods of Los Angeles through which Pico Boulevard travels are among the most culturally diverse in the city. From west to east, they include the Japanese and Persian neighborhoods of Sawtelle, the 5 neighborhoods in the West Los Angeles region which are the predominantly Anglo neighborhoods of Cheviot Hills and Rancho Park, the business and entertainment center of Century City, the and Jewish, African American and Latino neighborhoods of South Robertson and Crestview, the Latino Mid-Wilshire subregion, the Korean neighborhoods of Country Club Park and Koreatown, the predominantly Central American neighborhoods of the Byzantine-Latino Quarter and Pico Union, the redeveloping South Park, the Garment District of Downtown Los Angeles and the Mexican-American neighborhood of Boyle Heights.

Santa Monica State Beach: California State Park operated by the City of Santa Monica. It is two miles long, has a picnic area and pier. Visitor activities include running path along the beach. Casa del Mar hotel: luxury hotel at base of Pico Boulevard, Club Casa del Mar opened in 1926 as a beach club; the building, built in a Renaissance Revival architectural style, became a hotel and recreation center for U. S. service personnel during World War II. After the war, the building underwent different incarnations, among other things, a drug rehabilitation center and a Pritikin Longevity Center. In 1998, The Edward Thomas Hospitality Corporation acquired the building and converted it into a luxury hotel. RAND Corporation Headquarters: opened in November 2004, the RAND Corporation new headquarters facility was awarded the U. S. Green Building Council's Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for the environmentally responsible design of the headquarters campus, along with the Los Angeles Architectural Award for corporate headquarters design.

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium: 1855 Main Street. Santa Monica High School: 601 Pico Blvd.. Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica: 1847 14th Street. McCabe's Guitar Shop: Located at 3101 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, McCabe's is a musical instrument store that opened in 1958 specializing in acoustic and folk instruments: guitars, mandolins, fiddles, bouzoukis, ouds, ethnic percussion. Since 1969, McCabe's has been one of the most noted forums for folk concerts. National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences: Formerly headquartered at 3402 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, the Recording Academy is a U. S. organization of musicians, recording engineers and other recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. The Academy is famous internationally for the Grammy Awards. Pico and Sepulveda: a song by Felix Figueroa & His Orchestra; the 1947 song was featured on Dr. Demento's radio show, it was composed by Eddie Maxwell and Jule Styne. The Apple Pan: Located at 10801 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, The Apple Pan restaurant opened in 1947 and is locally famous for its hickory hamburgers and apple pies served with vanilla ice cream. In the first season of Six Feet Under, Nate Fisher asks his sister Claire if she wants to go to the Apple Pan to eat together. Westside Pavilion: Spanning a full block on the south side of Pico between Westwood Boulevard and Overland Avenue, three story urban-style shopping mall with 150 shops anchored by a Macy's and a Nordstrom. Part of the current mall occupies the site of the Pico Drive-in theater, located there from 1934 to 1950 and is considered only the fourth drive-in in the United States, the first in California. Rancho Park Golf Course: Located along Pico Boulevard in West Los Angeles, Rancho Park Golf Course was the busiest golf cour


Monino is an urban locality in Shchyolkovsky District of Moscow Oblast, located 23 kilometers east of Moscow. Population: 22,821 . Monino was founded in the Muninskaya Wasteland on August 23, 1792; the name "Monino" or "Munin" can be translated from the Finno-Ugric languages as "My farm". It is alleged that the history of the settlement can be traced to a small farm, whose owner was a man of Monin. In 1926, an airfield for heavy aircraft was built, becoming the first to house a heavy bomber brigade; the subsequent history of the village is connected with aviation. The status of urban-type settlement was conferred in 1946; until 1965 it was part of the Noginsk District. The Central Air Force Museum in Monino is one of the world's largest aviation museums, the largest for Russian aircraft. 173 aircraft and 127 aircraft engines are on display, the museum features collections of weapons, uniforms and other air-related items. A library containing books and photos is accessible to visitors. Tours are given by ex-pilots.

The museum opened its doors in 1958. Monino was the former home of the Gagarin Air Force Academy, which closed in 2011 and remains home to the Chernoi air base. Monino is home to VVA-Podmoskovye, current champions of the Professional Rugby League, Russia's national rugby union competition. VVA have won the title eight times, in 1993, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, they were nine-time winners of the Soviet Championship. Monino can be reached from the Yaroslavsky Rail Terminal in central Moscow by the suburban elektrichka commuter train. Official website of Monino Monino visitors information website Monino Museum Monino Museum Site Website of the Monino resort complex