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
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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
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 / Gabriela Montero
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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
I. Moderato
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro scherzando
Improvisation No. 1
Improvisation No. 2
Improvisation No. 3
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses From "Polydora" - 1. Rede, Mädchen, allzu liebes
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses From "Polydora" - 2. Am Gesteine rauscht die Flut
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses From "Polydora" - 3. O die Frauen, o die Frauen
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses From "Polydora" - 4. Wie des Abends schöne Röte
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses From "Polydora" - 5. Die grüne Hopfenranke
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses From "Polydora" - 6. Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel nahm den Flug
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses From "Polydora" - 7. Wohl schön bewandt war es vorehe
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 8. Wenn so lind dein Auge mir
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 9. Am Donaustrande, da steht ein Haus
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses From "Polydora" - 10. O wie sanft die Quelle sich
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses From "Polydora" - 11. Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses From "Polydora" - 12. Schlosser auf! und mache Schlösser
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses From "Polydora" - 13. Vögelein durchrauscht die Luft
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses From "Polydora" - 14. Sieh, wie ist die Welle klar
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses From "Polydora" - 15. Nachtigall, sie singt so schön
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses From "Polydora" - 16. Ein dunkler Schacht ist Liebe
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses From "Polydora" - 17. Nicht wandle, mein Licht, dort aussen
Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses From "Polydora" - 18. Es bebet das Gesträuche
Suite No. 2 for 2 Pianos, Op. 17: I. Introduction (Alla marcia) in C Major
Suite for 2 Pianos No. 2, Op. 17: II. Valse (Presto) in G Major
Suite for 2 Pianos No. 2, Op. 17: III. Romance (Andantino) in A-Flat Major
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)