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
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  • 1.
    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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    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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    Journey Around The World
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55476 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mexican Anonymous,  Arthur Benjamin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Gabriela Montero,  Larry Adler,  Truls Otterbech Truls Mork,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Eric Robinson,  André Cluytens,  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
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    Classical 2011
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97577 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gioachino Rossini,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Placido Domingo,  Joyce DiDonato,  Sarah Brightman  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Eugene Kohn,  Eduardo Müller,  Robert Prizeman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble,  Quatuor Ebčne
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    Martha Argerich And Friends - Live From Lugano Festival 2010
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 70836 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Martha Argerich,  Danilo Grassi,  Louis Sauvetre  ... 
    Conductor:  Jacek Kaspszyk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
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    Solatino / Gabriela Montero
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 18201 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernesto Lecuona,  Gabriela Montero,  Antonio Estévez,  Alberto Ginastera  ... 
    Performer:  Gabriela Montero
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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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    Best Encores 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64752 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alexander Goedicke,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Teodor Grigoriu,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Placido Domingo,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  John Barker,  Asher Fisch,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris  ... 
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    Verbier Festival Highlights 2007
    Label: Ideale Audience Intl   Catalog: 3078058 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Martha Argerich,  Nelson Freire,  Mischa Maisky  ... 
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  • 10.
    Music For 2 Pianos - Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Brahms, Prokofiev / Argerich
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 7623 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Giorgia Tomassi,  Martha Argerich,  Yefim Bronfman,  Polina Leschenko  ... 
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    Martha Argerich And Friends - Live From The Lugano Festival 2007
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 18333 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Robert Schumann,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Sergio Tiempo,  Karin Lechner,  Alexander Mogilevsky,  Martha Argerich  ... 
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    Rhapsody - Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Cello Sonatas
    Label: Virgin Classics   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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  • 13.
    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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    Baroque / Gabriela Montero
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 00234 Release Date: 10/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaspar Sanz,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Gabriela Montero
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    Live From The Lugano Festival 2006 / Argerich, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 89241 Release Date: 06/05/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Sergei Taneyev,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Renaud Capuçon,  Gautier Capuçon,  Lida Chen  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexandre Rabinovitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swiss Italian Orchestra members
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    Bach And Beyond / Gabriela Montero
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64647 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gabriela Montero
    Performer:  Gabriela Montero
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    Live From Lugano Festival 2005 - Martha Argerich And Friends
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58472 Release Date: 07/18/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Manuel Infante,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Polina Leschenko,  Martha Argerich,  Sergio Tiempo,  Karin Lechner  ... 
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  • 18.
    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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