Ponti was born as the son of an American couple in Freiburg im Breisgau. He spent his childhood and youth in the USA. As a student in Washington, he received piano lessons for ten years. In 1955 the family returned to Germany, where Ponti completed his studies at the Frankfurt Music Academy. His career began with winning the Busoni competition in Bozen in 1964.
Music: Pianist Michael Ponti died
The concert pianist Michael Ponti is dead.