Gabriela Montero


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
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  • 1.
    Martha Argerich: The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002364402 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 48
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Guy Touvron,  Gidon Kremer,  Alexandre Gurning  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Charles Dutoit,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Jörg Faerber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Carte Blanche  / Martha Argerich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002357602 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Gabriela Montero,  Martha Argerich,  Renaud Capuçon,  Julian Rachlin  ... 
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 / Gabriela Montero
    Label: Orchid Classics   Catalog: 100047 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gabriela Montero
    Performer:  Gabriela Montero
    Conductor:  Carlos Miguel Prieto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  YOA Orchestra of the Americas
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    Rachmaninov: Music for Two Pianos / Martha Argerich
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 623594 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Gabriela Montero,  Martha Argerich,  Lilya Zilberstein,  Alexander Mogilevsky  ... 
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    Martha Argerich & Friends - Live from Lugano 2013
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 631220 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Ottorino Respighi,  Franz Liszt,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky,  Renaud Capuçon,  Francesco Piemontesi  ... 
    Conductor:  Hubert Soudant
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
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  • 6.
    The Magic Mountain - Verbier Festival 20th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3079078 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Martha Argerich,  Martin Helmchen,  Malcolm Martineau  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Gábor Takács-Nagy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verbier Festival Orchestra,  UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra,  Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Lugano Concertos / Martha Argerich [Limited Edition 4-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001725602 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Francis Poulenc,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Alexandre Gurning,  Paul Gulda,  Rico Gulda  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexandre Rabinovitch,  Erasmo Capilla,  Alexander Vedernikov,  Charles Dutoit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Orchestra,  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Chorus,  Lugano Percussion Group
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    Martha Argerich - Live At The Verbier Festival
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3078928 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Béla Bartók,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Gabriela Montero,  Renaud Capuçon,  Mischa Maisky  ... 
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  • 9.
    Rhapsody - Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Cello Sonatas
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 85786 Release Date: 02/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Gabriela Montero,  Gautier Capuçon
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  • 10.
    Rarities Of Piano Music At Schloss Vor Husum 2006
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 669 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ilmari Hannikainen,  Leff Pouishnoff,  Antonio Soler,  Charles Valentin Alkan  ... 
    Performer:  Jonathan Plowright,  Eldar Nebolsin,  Marc-André Hamelin,  Hamish Milne  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tal & Groethuysen Duo
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  • 11.
    Gabriela Montero - Piano Recital
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58039 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Alberto Ginastera,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Gabriela Montero
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