Acclaimed composer-pianist Gabriela Montero was honoured with the 2018 Heidelberger Frühling Music Prize. The award, founded in 2013, is given to artists and journalists who have made a substantial and sustained contribution to bringing classical music to wider audiences. The 10,000 € prize is donated by the construction material manufacturer HeidelbergCement.
Montero has earned legions of fans for her extraordinary interpretations of core classical repertoire, thrilling improvisations and award-winning compositions. It is, however, her superlative gifts for communication and profound empathy that make her a unique and powerful voice within the performing arts and beyond. She says, “music is about humanity, otherwise it has no meaning,” and this ethos is evident in each aspect of her professional career and her tireless advocacy for those suffering Human Rights indignities in her native Venezuela and around the world.
Recent and forthcoming highlights include her debuts with Tokyo’s Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, the Bournemouth Symphony, and the Orchestre National de Belgique; recitals at Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall, the Lucerne Festival, Warsaw’s Chopin Festival, and SettembreMusica; and concerts with the Baltimore, City of Birmingham and São Paolo symphonies.
Born in Venezuela, Gabriela gave her first public performance at the age of five. Aged eight, she made her concerto debut in her hometown of Caracas, which led to a scholarship from the government to study privately in the USA and then at the Royal Academy of Music London with Hamish Milne. She currently resides in Barcelona with her husband and two daughters.