1977 premiere of Nono’s ...sofferte onde serene... and Manzoni’s Masse: omaggio a Edgar Varèse, both of which were composed for Pollini
1978 recitals with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Schubert’s Winterreise)
1987 plays the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos in New York with the Vienna Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado, and is awarded the orchestra’s ring of honor
1996 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize
2002 Echo Klassik Award for his life’s work
2010 Praemium Imperiale, the “Nobel Prize of the arts"
Pollini has also worked as a conductor of operas and orchestral works, in addition to leading the orchestra from the piano
Concentrating on a single performance is important to him: he only gives a maximum of 40 concerts per year.
Pollini’s only son Daniele Pollini has followed in his father’s footsteps as a pianist, and is also active as a conductor and composer.
Did you know?
Pollini’s father Gino was an architect and creator of the modern “Olivetti” office palace.
With his close friends Luigi Nono and Claudio Abbado in the 1970s, Pollini organized concert series for workers in the industrial area Reggio nell' Emilia. Demanding contemporary works were also presented.
With great inner vitality and analytical acuity, Pollini reveals Chopin’s roots in music history. In interviews he defends the composer’s musical depth.
Pollini is particularly committed to the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, with a special focus on the demanding works of Boulez, Nono, Stockhausen, and Sciarrino. Major piano works have been dedicated to him.
Pollini is a passionate smoker of unfiltered cigarettes.
Pollini travels with his own instrument, a Steinway prepared by Angelo Fabbrini. Fabbrini was also Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli’s piano tuner of choice.