Gabriela Montero

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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.

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Gabriela Montero: Grammy-winning CD shows 30. Apr 2016

Gabriela Montero
Sergei Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No.2
Gabriela Montero, "Ex Patria"
Gabriela Montero, 3 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 censored voi...

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NameMontero, Gabriela
Born inVenezuela, South America
Home LocationBarcelona, Spain
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages Spanish; Castilian 
attended UniversitiesRoyal Academy of Music, London

Santiago de Compostela
2017-02-17, Santiago de Compostela
Auditorio Santiago de Compostela

Soloists: Montero, Gabriela
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2014-01-24 Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland
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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.

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REVIEW from 2014-01-24  
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 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. 
Verona
2016-12-14, Verona
Polo Didattico Zanotto

Soloists: Montero, Gabriela
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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. 
Sevilla
2017-02-19, Sevilla
Teatro de la Maestranza

Soloists: Montero, Gabriela
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Marbella
2017-02-23, Marbella
Auditori Trapiche de Guadaiza

Soloists: Montero, Gabriela
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Baltimore
2017-02-03, Baltimore
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Markus Stenz
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Baltimore
2017-02-02, Baltimore
Music Center at Strathmore
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Markus Stenz
Soloists: Montero, Gabriela
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Vienna, Musikverein
2017-01-28, Vienna
Musikverein
Vienna Radio Symphony
Conductor: Markus Stenz
Soloists: Montero, Gabriela
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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". 
Baltimore
2017-02-04, Baltimore
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Markus Stenz
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Mannheim
2017-01-20, Mannheim
Rosengarten
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie - German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Soloists: Montero, Gabriela
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"Hasta Cuando?" Gabriela Montero, piano

An improvisation about the violence in Venezuela.

January 12, 2014




 
Madison, WI
2017-02-11, Madison
Wisconsin Union Theater at University of Wisconsin, Madison

Soloists: Montero, Gabriela
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