Ivo Pogorelich Returns to Center for the Arts

Posted: October 17, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Ivo Pogorelich
Ivo Pogorelich
Photo by Antonio D’Amato, Centro Immagine

Famed for his third-round elimination in the 1980 Chopin International Competition – even after world famous pianist and juror Martha Argerich proclaimed him a “genius” and stormed off in protest – Ivo Pogorelich never ceases to amaze and attract serious classical audiences wherever he performs.

His program at the Center for the Arts on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. features compositions by Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin.

With interpretations that have been simultaneously questioned and highly praised by audiences and critics alike, Pogorelich continues to amaze with his technical mastery and intimate knowledge of the music.

Born in Belgrade in 1958, Ivo Pogorelich went to Moscow to study at the age of 12. In 1976, he began his studies with Aliza Kezeradze, to whom he was married four years later, the year of his disaster/triumph in Warsaw.

Pogorelich made his New York debut in 1981 at Carnegie Hall and has since gained international renown for his intriguing and sometimes unconventional technique. He has established a Croatian foundation to allow young artists to study abroad, created festivals in Europe and has done charity concerts to aid post-war Sarajevo.

An artistic discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Tickets are $44, $36 and $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

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