Gabriela Montero

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Gabriela Montero, "God Save the Queen". THE ALDEBURGH IMPROVISATIONS, no.5
n 2012, Venezuelan pianist and composer Gabriela Montero improvised the entire second half of her solo recital at the Aldeburgh Festival. As a theme for her fifth and final improvisation, a member of the audience suggested "God Save the Queen".
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Gabriela Montero: The Costa Rica Session. Improvisation No.2
In one three-hour recording session at the Teatro National, Costa Rica, Venezuelan pianist and composer Gabriela Montero spontaneously composed and recorded 21 complete, new works. All 21 pieces were recorded in one take. Three of these works were released on the 2015 Latin Grammy Award-winning album, "Gabriela Montero" (Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1, Montero "Ex Patria", Montero "Improvisations") ORCHID CLASSICS. The Costa Rica Session was recorded by Jonathan Allen (Abbey Road Studios) and filmed. All 21 works will be shared on GabrielaMonteroTV from January 2016.
GABRIELA MONTERO, album trailer: Montero "ExPatria", Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2, Montero Improvisations
Gabriela Montero’s debut orchestral recording rejoins an age-old tradition of the pianist as composer and improviser. Both a personal lament and the collective protest of muted voices, Ex Patria reveals a Venezuelan homeland ravaged by societal collapse. It is accompanied by the beloved Piano Concerto No. 2 of Rachmaninov, a pianist whose own exile resonates profoundly in Montero’s affections. Three improvisations conclude, each composed and recorded spontaneously in homage to the improvisational practices of the Classical masters.
"Hasta Cuando?" Gabriela Montero, piano

An improvisation about the violence in Venezuela.

January 12, 2014

    Gabriela Montero improvises entire movie score, LIVE!
    On January 18th 2014, LIVE at the Komische Oper Berlin, the Venezuelan pianist and composer Gabriela Montero improvised an entire movie score to F.W.Murnau's iconic silent masterpiece, NOSFERATU (1922). No music was composed beforehand. To mark "Prokofiev Week" at the Komische Oper, Ms. Montero was asked to include references to Prokofiev in the course of the improvisation.