Born into a musical family, Martino Tirimo was performing Concertos from age eight and was only twelve when he conducted seven performances of ‘La Traviata’, with soloists from La Scala, Milan. Since winning the international piano competitions in Munich and Geneva, he has performed all over the world and with most top orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmo- nic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Dresden Staatskapelle, London Symphony, Cleveland and numerous others under many of the great conductors such as Barbirolli, Boult, Ma- sur, Kurt Sanderling, Marriner and Rattle.
He has made over 60 recordings for EMI, BMG, Warner and other companies including the complete works of Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Janacek, Schubert’s 21 Sonatas and the Concertos of Chopin, Brahms, Rachmaninov and Tippett (with composer con- ducting). He won a Gold Disc for his Rachmaninov Concerto 2 and ‘Paganini’ Rhapsody, one of EMI’s best-sellers, and at present is recording the complete works of Chopin at the Leipzig Gewandhaus.
He is also active in chamber music, touring extensively with his Trio, the Rosamunde, and works with talented young pianists, twelve of them winning first prizes at international competitions. He is a Professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and also Honorary Professor at Middlesex University. As conductor he worked closely with the Dresden Philharmonic and other major orchestras and his compositions include the film score for the ‘Odyssey’. In 2011 he was awarded the Nemitsas Foundation Prize for excellence in the Arts and Sciences.
He was the first pianist to perform all 21 Schubert Sonatas, at London’s South Bank, later recording them for EMI and his edition of them is published by Wiener Urtext Edition. The Daily Telegraph described him as ‘quite simply an ideal Schubert interpreter’ and the Guardian as ‘a real Schubertian master'. Last year he performed all of Schubert’s major piano works at Kings Place in London. In 2016 he is performing all the great Piano Quintets in a series at St. John's, Smith Square, with se- veral different distinguished string quartets.
His repertoire embraces 80 Concertos and nearly the entire solo works of the great composers. A frequent performer at international festivals, in 2004 he performed at the Athens Festival during the Olympic period with the Vienna Philhar- monic, at the Herodus Atticus amphitheatre, and prior to the Games had the honour to run with the Olympic torch, perhaps the first classical musician to do so. The Daily Telegraph has also characterized him as ‘a pianist of vision’ and ‘an inspiring poet of the piano’. In 2013, af- ter a performance of
Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto at London’s Barbican with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Musical Opinion described him as ‘a true giant of the keyboard’ whilst Music and Vision declared that ‘Tirimo’s playing belongs to a past generation of ‘greats’. Listening to him I conjure up aural images of Solomon, Arrau, Kempff, Schnabel and Rubinstein. Throughout the eve- ning one was consistently aware that this supreme musician placed himself entirely at the service of the composer’.