Gabriela Montero

Biography

Born: May 10, 1970; Caracas, Venezuela  
Pianist Gabriela Montero offers orchestras that engage her a list of 32 concertos, but her recital repertory is rather odd by current standards. Short pieces vastly outnumber the few large works she plays (by 2005, these included one sonata each by Beethoven, Chopin, and Schumann). Notably, though, she often plays her own improvisations, and it is as a classical improviser that she is gaining the most attention.

Montero started
Read more improvising at the piano at age four; her teacher in her native Venezuela brought her to the attention of Martha Argerich, who came to be an important influence in the young pianist's life. Montero gave her first public performance at the age of five; three years later, she made her concert debut with the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra Simon Bolivar. At age eight, she received a scholarship from the Venezuelan government to study in the United States and proceeded to win several youth competitons there. Ultimately, it was at London's Royal Academy of Music, where she studied in her twenties with Hamish Milne, that she received what she calls her "most important training." In 1995 she won the bronze medal at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw.

She lists Rudolf Barshai, Michel Béroff, and Stanislav Skrowaczewski as mentors, and performs frequently with pianist Támás Vasáry and the Janácek Quartet. In solo concerts, she will often play a piece by Bach or Chopin or Scriabin and segue into an improvisation on that music, more often than not turning it into some sort of dance. Later, she will solicit from the audience themes on which to improvise, and even accepts jazz and pop melodies she's never heard before. Read less

Biography

Born: May 10, 1970; Caracas, Venezuela  
Pianist Gabriela Montero offers orchestras that engage her a list of 32 concertos, but her recital repertory is rather odd by current standards. Short pieces vastly outnumber the few large works she plays (by 2005, these included one sonata each by Beethoven, Chopin, and Schumann). Notably, though, she often plays her own improvisations, and it is as a classical improviser that she is gaining the most attention.

Montero started
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Rede, Mädchen, allzu liebes
2. Am Gesteine rauscht die Flut
3. O die Frauen, o die Frauen
4. Wie des Abends schöne Röte
5. Die grüne Hopfenranke
6. Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel nahm den Flug
7. Wohl schön bewandt war es vorehe
8. Wenn so lind dein Auge mir
9. Am Donaustrande, da steht ein Haus
10. O wie sanft die Quelle sich
11. Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen
12. Schlosser auf! und mache Schlösser
13. Vögelein durchrauscht die Luft
14. Sieh, wie ist die Welle klar
15. Nachtigall, sie singt so schön
16. Ein dunkler Schacht ist Liebe
17. Nicht wandle, mein Licht, dort aussen
18. Es bebet das Gesträuche
Rachmaninov: Suite No. 2 for 2 Pianos, Op. 17: I. Introduction (Alla marcia) in C Major
Rachmaninov: Suite for 2 Pianos No. 2, Op. 17: II. Valse (Presto) in G Major
Rachmaninov: Suite for 2 Pianos No. 2, Op. 17: III. Romance (Andantino) in A-Flat Major
Rachmaninov: Suite for 2 Pianos No. 2, Op. 17: IV. Tarentelle (Presto) in C Minor
Sonate pour violoncelle et piano en sol mineur Op.19 (1901): I: Lento
Sonate pour violoncelle et piano en sol mineur Op.19 (1901): II: Allegro scherzando
Sonate pour violoncelle et piano en sol mineur Op.19 (1901): III: Andante
Sonate pour violoncelle et piano en sol mineur Op.19 (1901): IV: Allegro mosso
Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 119 (1949): Andante grave - Moderato animato
Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 119 (1949): Moderato - Andante dolce
Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 119 (1949): Allegro, ma non troppo
Cello Sonata No. 2, Op.58: Allegro vivace
Cello Sonata No. 2, Op.58: Allegretto scherzando
Cello Sonata No. 2, Op.58: Adagio
Cello Sonata No. 2, Op.58: Molto allegro e vivace
Rachmaninov: Suite No. 2 for 2 Pianos, Op. 17: I. Introduction (Alla marcia) in C Major
Rachmaninov: Suite for 2 Pianos No. 2, Op. 17: II. Valse (Presto) in G Major
Rachmaninov: Suite for 2 Pianos No. 2, Op. 17: III. Romance (Andantino) in A-Flat Major
Rachmaninov: Suite for 2 Pianos No. 2, Op. 17: IV. Tarentelle (Presto) in C Minor
Danzas argentinas, Op.2: I. Danza del viejo boyero (Dance of the Old Cowherd)
Danzas argentinas, Op.2: II. Danza de la moza donosa (Dance of the Delightful Young Girl)
Danzas argentinas, Op.2: III. Danza del gaucho matrero (Dance of the Artful Herdsman)


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