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Ivo Pogorelich
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Ivo Pogorelich (born 20 October 1958) is a Croatian pianist.

He was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, now Serbia, to a Croatian father and a Serbian mother. (Following the breakup of Yugoslavia, Pogorelić became a Croatian citizen.) He received his first piano lessons when he was seven and attended the "Vojislav Vučković Music School" in Belgrade until he was 12, when he was invited to Moscow to continue his studies at the Central Music School with Evgeny Timakin. Later he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. In 1976 he began studying intensively with the Georgian pianist and teacher Aliza Kezeradze, who passed on to him the tradition of the Liszt–Siloti school. They were married from 1980 until her death in 1996.
Pogorelić won the Casagrande Competition in Terni, Italy, in 1978 and the Montreal International Musical Competition in 1980. In 1980 he entered the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and was eliminated in the third round. One of the adjudicators, Martha Argerich, proclaimed him a "genius" and resigned from the jury in protest.
Pogorelić gave his debut recital in New York's Carnegie Hall in 1981. He debuted in London the same year. Since then, he has played many solo recitals worldwide and has played with some of the world's leading orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, and many others. Pogorelić soon began recording for Deutsche Grammophon and in 1982 he became one of their exclusive artists. He has made recordings of works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Haydn, Liszt, Mozart, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Scarlatti, Scriabin and Tchaikovsky. He was the first classical pianist to be invited to perform in Kuwait.
Pogorelić's performances have often been controversial. His interpretations were well received by a large number of concert audiences, but not by some critics. His early recording of Prokofiev's Sixth Sonata received high praise, including a Rosette award in the Penguin Guide to Classical Recordings. However, Harold C. Schonberg criticized Pogorelić for aping Glenn Gould's eccentricities, while having "none of his particular kind of genius." Anthony Tommasini wrote that a 2006 performance of Beethoven's Op. 111 Sonata in New York went from "weirdly fascinating" to "just plain weird", adding, "Here is an immense talent gone tragically astray. What went wrong?"

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