Gabriela Montero

Piano

Biography

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

Recipient of the prestigious 2018 Heidelberger Frühling Music Prize, Montero’s recent and forthcoming highlights include debuts with the San Francisco Symphony (Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla), New World Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Tokyo (Aziz Shokhakimov), Belgian National Orchestra (Hugh Wolff), and the Bournemouth Symphony (Carlos Miguel Prieto). Montero also recently made debut and return performances at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and the Edinburgh Festival, respectively, performing her own “Latin” Concerto with the Orchestra of the Americas. Additional highlights include a recital at London’s LSO St Luke’s, a repeat tour with the Scottish Ensemble, this time featuring Montero’s latest composition Babel, and her long-awaited return to Warsaw for the Chopin in Europe Festival, marking 22 years since her prize win at the International Chopin Piano Competition. Montero also recently re-joined forces with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony, Jaime Martin and the Orquestra de Cadaqués for concerts in Madrid and Barcelona, and Alexander Shelley and the São Paolo Symphony.

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Gabriela Montero Receives Heidelberger Frühling Music Prize 2018

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...

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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