Gabriela Montero is a Venezuelan concert pianist, composer, improviser and human rights advocate. Recognized globally as a concert artisit in the core classical repertoire, Gabriela plays regularly with the world's leading orchestras and conductors. Gabriela's ability to spontaneously compose new works in front of an audience is also widely documented and celebrated. Her sustained use of "creative dissent" to protest human rights abuses in her native land led to her appointment in 2015 as the first Honorary Consul of Amnesty International. She has spoken twice at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and played at the first inauguration of US President Barack Obama.
Montero approached Schumann's score with steely precision and, where called for, a melting lyricism. Schumann's masterstroke in this piece is not so much the heroic march that forms the second movement, but the glowing, slow finale that follows it.
"Montero's marvelous pedal effect as she transitioned into the last part, and her sustained tone and phrasing to the end, made a strong case for Schumann's work to be heard more often."
An improvisation about the violence in Venezuela.
January 12, 2014