As part of the official Nobel Week, the worlds most renowned artists are gathering each year to pay tribute to the Nobel Laureates. An event of world class stature and performances of highest international standard. Members of the Swedish Royal Family as well as guests of the Nobel Foundation are attending the highly acclaimed event, which gathers internationally renowned artists and conductors each year. Very special highlight was this years soloist Martha Argerich, one of the very charismatic and brilliant pianists, performing Ravels Piano Concerto in G Major under Yuri Temirkanov leading the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The program also includes Prokofievs Suite from Romeo and Juliet. Born in Buenos Aires in 1941, Martha Argerich had her performing debut at the age of eight. Her breakthrough came in 1965, when she won the prestigious Chopin Competitionin Warsaw. Working with most of the worlds leading conductors Argerich is passionate about supporting young talents. In 1999 the first International Martha Argerich Piano Contest was held in Buenos Aires, a competition that she founded and of which she is now the chief judge.
Argerich plays with a remarkable combination of freedom and control.She is the undoubted star of the 2009 Nobel Prize concert,answering her audience's call for an encore with a Chopin Mazurka. Performance *** Picture and Sound **** --BBC Music Magazine,Sept 2010