Gabriela Montero

Piano

Biography

Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have won her a devoted following around the world. Anthony Tommasini remarked in The New York Times, “Montero’s playing had everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power…soulful lyricism…unsentimental expressivity.”

Fresh from her BBC Proms debut with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop, Gabriela commenced the 2016/2017 season with an appearance at MusikFest Bremen with the Cadaqués Orchestra and Jaime Martin, recitals at the MiTo Festival in Milan and Turin, and a week of chamber music and collaborative workshops at the Trondheim Festival in Northern Norway. Gabriela also undertakes a European tour this season with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico and their Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto, which includes performances of Gabriela’s newly-composed piano concerto and concerts at the Salzburg Festspielhaus, Vienna Musikverein, and Frankfurt Alte Oper. Other season highlights involve performances of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on a UK tour with the Zürcher Kammerorchester and trumpeter Alison Balsom, two engagements with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, including the world premiere of a work by Catalan composer Jordi Cervelló, and concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and their new Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Gabriela also continues giving recitals, featuring her acclaimed improvisations, in such places as Madrid, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, Verona, Heidelberg, and the Dominican Republic.

In recent years, Gabriela has been invited to perform with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including: the Royal Liverpool, Rotterdam, Dresden, Oslo, Vienna Radio, and Netherlands Radio philharmonic orchestras; the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and Australian Chamber Orchestra; the Pittsburgh, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, Toronto, Baltimore, and Lucerne symphony orchestras; the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, and the Stuttgart Chamber, Cleveland, Philharmonia, Komische Oper Berlin, Vienna Symphony, Residentie, and Sydney Symphony orchestras.

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Reviews

“Montero’s playing had everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power in climactic moments, soulful lyricism in the ruminative passages and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity”

Anthony Tommasini

New York Times

“Montero galvanized the audience through her performances of Brahms, Lecuona, Ginastera and her own improvisations [formed by taking motif suggestions from the audience]. These spontaneous compositions are steeped in expression and feeling. The audience were dazzled by her impeccable displays of compositional excellence. Montero exposes the world’s loss of improvisation and virtuosic composition.”

Peter Korfmacher

Leipziger Volkszeitung

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“Montero’s playing had everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power in climactic moments, soulful lyricism in the ruminative passages and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity”

Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

“Gabriela Montero is a Venezuelan ball of fire […] she extracted more downhome sweetness from the lyrical parts of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor than I have heard in a long time, but her attack was still tigerish when required. ”

Independent, Michael Church 

“Montero’s sound is almost miraculously sumptuous and luscious; her phrasing gives a sense of both extension and suspension. She played the noir-ish first movement with a cinematographer’s sense of light and shadow, while the second movement floated by in simple innocence, like the most beautiful pale-blue dream from your childhood. Montero’s masterfully improvised cadenzas in the first and second movement harken back to an era when such skill and creativity were the norm for concert pianists.”

Ottwa Citizen, Natasha Gauthier 

“Montero played the piano part in the Piazzolla with crisp athleticism. In Mozart’s E flat Concerto, K449, her tone was rather more full and forceful, but the contrapuntal finale had irresistible rhythmic clarity. As a solo encore, Montero characteristically asked the audience for a tune she could play with and duly delivered a thunderously virtuosic set of improvisations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”

The Guardian , Martine Kettle 

“Montero galvanized the audience through her performances of Brahms, Lecuona, Ginastera and her own improvisations [formed by taking motif suggestions from the audience]. These spontaneous compositions are steeped in expression and feeling. The audience were dazzled by her impeccable displays of compositional excellence. Montero exposes the world’s loss of improvisation and virtuosic composition.”

Peter Korfmacher, Leipziger Volkszeitung 

“Gabriela Montero demonstrated exceptional mastery, and seeing such music created in front of your own eyes was an absolutely unique experience… there are not many artists about whom it can truly be said that their talent borders on genius.”

Antoine Leboyer, ConcertoNet.com 

“The piano recital by Gabriela Montero at the Vienna Konzerthaus was like a visit from outer space. First… the Venezuelan pianist immersed herself completely in the three interludes, Op 117 by Johannes Brahms – and then presented a massive version of Franz Liszt’s B minor Sonata, played already like music that was invented that very moment. Gruff and brooding in detail, with calm and overview of the architectural design Montero upheld an almost unbearable tension during the gigantic work…”

Der Standard 

“Montero is the sort of artist whom classical music lovers should most appreciate. ”

concertonet.com 

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