Progetto Martha Argerich



Martha Argerich Project - Lugano, 10-30 june 2013

2 symphony concerts
at Palazzo dei Congressi
20.6, 30.6

8 chamber concerts
at Auditorio Stelio Molo - RSI
10.6, 12.6, 14.6, 18.6, 22.6, 24.6, 26.6, 28.6

6 afternoon concerts
at Chiesa evangelica
11.6, 13.6, 17.6, 23.6, 25.6, 27.6

1 afternoon concert
at Grand Hôtel Villa Castagnola

1 concert
at Teatro Sociale di Bellinzona

1 concert by violin master class
at Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana


The MARTHA ARGERICH PROJECT, promoted by the Lugano Festival, RSI Rete Due and BSI, will be held from 10 to 30 June 2014. This thirteenth edition will once again bring together some 70 artists around the great pianist.

At the heart of the event is the piano: present in many combinations of instruments, it will take you on a journey across its vast repertoire, including some undiscovered, rarely-performed pieces. Chamber music is the main focus, and this part of the programme brings together the invited musicians, who have agreed to tackle the pieces on the programme, often for the first time. In this regard, the MARTHA ARGERICH PROJECT can be considered a perpetual laboratory with the concerts as the showcase for the results. The most important thing, however, is the on-site preparation work among groups of musicians, brought together by both camaraderie and competition.

The success of this project is assured by the musicians who, loyal to the project, attend nearly every year. To mention just a few: pianists include Nicholas Angelich, Khatia Buniatishvili, Stephen Kovacevich, Karin Lechner, Alexander Mogilevsky, Gabriela Montero, Francesco Piemontesi, Sergio Tiempo, Giorgia Tomassi and Lilya Zilberstein; the line-up of violinists comprises Renaud Capuçon, Ivry Gitlis, Geza Hosszu-Legocky, Gidon Kremer, Andrey Baranov and Dora Schwarzberg; with viola-players Lyda Chen and Nora Romanoff; and cellists Gautier Capuçon, Mark Drobinsky and Mischa Maisky.

Alongside these names are upcoming young talents, for whom the PROJECT provides an introduction to such events, as well as, most importantly, giving them the opportunity to play ensemble music in collaboration with more experienced and established musicians.

In creating the programme, special focus will be given to Richard Strauss to coincide with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth. The concert on 16 June, to be held first time at the Teatro Sociale, Bellinzona will be entirely dedicated to Strauss.

A new addition this year will be the presentation on stage of the Histoire du Soldat by Igor Stravinsky.

Another new feature this year will be the collaboration with artists who are also professors at the Kazakh National Conservatory in Almaty. These artists will take part in an exchange, performing in a concert with some musicians involved in the PROJECT. The programme will also contain works by Kazakh composers, inspired by the country's popular tradition.