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    Ponti, Michael (29th October 1937-Present)

    He is a classical pianist born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, who performs as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles.  He studied the piano in Washington DC from 1942 and then Frankfurt from 1955 to 1961.  Winning many international piano competitions including the Busoni award, he made his debut in Vienna in 1964 where he played Bartok's 2nd concerto.  He debuted in Now York in 1972 where he gained acclaim from many musical critics and was featured in Life Magazine, Time Magazine and the New York Times. He has given hundreds of concerts in worldwide cities including Vienna, New York, London and Tokyo, made more than 80 recordings, and has been described as "ten pianists in one".   In 1977 he founded the Ponti-Zimansky-Polasek Trio with Jan Polasek on cello and Robert Zimanksy on violin. 

     

    Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg recordings

     

    Eugen d'Albert recordings

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in E,

    Vox 7206 (CD: The Franz Liszt School , Vol. 1)

    Conductor - Richard Kapp

    Piano - Michael Ponti

     

    South-west German Chamber Orchestra recordings

     

    Charles-Valentin Alkan

    Concerto da camera No. 2 in C-sharp Minor

    VOX 0 47163 50982

    Conductor - Paul Angerer

    Piano - Michael Ponti 

     

     

    Sources:

    http://www.naxos.com/artistinfo/piano-614.htm

    http://en.allexperts.com/e/m/mi/michael_ponti.htm

     

     

     



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