*20 X 1958 Belgrad
IVO POGORELICH was born in Belgrade in 1958. He began learning piano aged seven and went to Moscow at 12 to study at the Central School of Music and then the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 1976, he began intensive studies with the renowned pianist and teacher Aliza Kezeradze, to whom he was married from 1980 until her untimely death in 1996. Pogorelich won the Casagrande Competition in Terni in 1978 and the Montreal International Music Competition in 1980, but controversially failed to make the final of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1980. Since his debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 1981, he has astounded audiences in great concert halls around the world. He has played with major orchestras such as the Berlin, Vienna, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles and New York philharmonic orchestras, all the London orchestras and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Feted for his original talent, he is regarded as a poet of the piano. In 2014/15, he has performed throughout Europe and Asia. Besides his extensive concert work, he also supports young artists, establishing a scholarship foundation in Croatia for young pianists to further their studies abroad and a festival in Germany to support promising young musicians by giving them the chance to perform with well-known colleagues. He also advises young artists in masterclasses. In 1994, he set up a foundation in Sarajevo to raise money to rebuild a maternity hospital in the city. He gives charity concerts supporting the Red Cross, for example, or the fight against illnesses like cancer and multiple sclerosis. In 1987, he was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. He has recorded an impressive number of CDs for DGG, with a repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music.