A scholarship in the name of renowned Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich is one of eight new scholarship awards, each worth £5,000, which will be available for selected full time students on postgraduate Masters or Diploma programmes at Trinity Laban, starting in September 2013.
Argerich is widely recognised as one of the greatest pianists of her time. She rose to international prominence when she won the seventh International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1965, at age 24. The same year she debuted in the United States in the Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series, and also made her first recording, including works by Chopin, Brahms, Ravel, Prokofiev, and Liszt, which received critical acclaim.
Argerich has promoted younger pianists, both through her annual festival and through her frequent appearances as a member of the jury at important competitions. She is president of the International Piano Academy Lake Como and performs each year at the Lugano Festival, Switzerland. She also created and has been General Director of the Argerich Music Festival and Encounter in Beppu, Japan, since 1996.
The scholarships are:
- The Trinity Laban Scholarships for Postgraduate Brass
- The Mean-Time Scholarships for Postgraduate Composition
- The Mean-Time Scholarships for Postgraduate Jazz
- The Mean-Time Scholarships for Postgraduate Percussion
- The Martha Agerich Scholarships for Postgraduate Piano
- The Trinity Laban Scholarships for Postgraduate Strings
- The Trinity Laban Scholarships for Postgraduate Woodwind
- The Trinity Laban Scholarships for Postgraduate Voice