Michael Ponti (born October 29, 1937, at Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany) is a concert and recording pianist.
1 Life and career 2 Recordings and reputation 3 Footnotes 4 External links
Life and career
Ponti was born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, but has lived in the
United States for most of his life. He studied piano in Washington DC
with Gilmour McDonald from 1954 to 1955, McDonald having been a pupil
of the virtuoso Leopold Godowsky. Then he studied with Erich
Flinsch (who had been a pupil of and an assistant to Emil von Sauer)
in Frankfurt from 1955 to 1961.
In 1964, Ponti won first prize in the Busoni Piano Competition in
Italy. Soon afterward, he made his Vienna debut by performing the solo
part in Bartók's 2nd Piano Concerto, with Wolfgang Sawallisch
conducting. Since then, he has toured widely, including a 1974
visit to Southern Africa and a 1977 visit to Australia. Also in
1977, he founded his own trio (with violinist
Robert Zimansky and
cellist Jan Polasek).
Recordings and reputation
Ponti is noted for his wide-ranging recordings of the unknown romantic
repertoire on the Vox and Candide labels. He recorded a series of
concertos, many of which had never been recorded before, and some of
which have been unrecorded since, by such composers as Clara Schumann,
Ignaz Moscheles, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Sigismond Thalberg, Moritz
Moszkowski and Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff. In addition, he
committed to disc the complete piano music of Scriabin, much of which
was otherwise unavailable then, though it has since been recorded by
^ Biography at bach-cantatas ^ a b c Ponti's biography on the Naxos site ^ Liner notes for Vox Box CDX 5024 ^ Photo 1974 touring Southern Africa ^ Pianist Michael Ponti brings five-digit flair to Prokofiev rarity, Sun-Sentinel
David Dubal interview with Michael Ponti, WNCN-FM, 23-Dec-1984
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