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He was born in Milan, the son of the Italian rationalist architect Gino Pollini . Maurizio studied piano, conducting, and composition at the Milan Conservatory. After he won the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1960, he studied under Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
Regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the day, he is especially noted for his performances of Chopin and the modern composers such as Pierre Boulez. He displays an absolute technical sovereignty over the piano, but is criticized for his emotional conservatism. He has conducted both opera and orchestral music, sometimes leading the orchestra from the keyboard in concertos. With a sizable repertoire, he is currently one of Deutsche Grammophon's leading pianists and has completed the Well-tempered Clavier Book One by Bach and several cycles of the complete Beethoven Sonatas, among many other works.
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