Classic FM Drive Featured Album, 5 May 2015, after 6pm
Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero has gone from child prodigy to one of the most respected international performers around.
Life and Music
- Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Gabriela Montero's first encounter with music was a toy piano placed in her playpen when she was seven months old. She immediately played individual notes to the great surprise of her family.
- At 18 months old, she had picked out by herself the entire melody of the National Anthem.
- Gabriela gave her first public performance aged five. By the age of eight, she had made her concerto debut with the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra and earned a scholarship to study in America.
- She rapidly went on to gain recognition around Europe, USA and South America, leading to collaborations with orchestras around the world, including the New York Philharmonic and the Philharmonia.
- From her first contact with a piano, Montero has always improvised and she decided to make it public at the request of Martha Argerich, who told her not to be afraid.
- Her recitals span across the globe from appearances at London's Wigmore Hall to the Kennedy Center Washington DC. Gabriela has also performed at a number of prestigious festivals.
- Her debut EMI album featured recital music by Rachmaninov, Chopin and Liszt and also some of her own personal improvisations on Baroque and Classical music.
- In Baroque, released in 2007, she demonstrated her extraordinary improvisation skills with unique interpretations of well-known Baroque themes.
- Her album Solatino featured 26 short sparkling works by seven South American composers with the daunting Piano Sonata No.1 by Ginastera at the centre.
Did you know?
Montero performed John Williams' Air and Simple Gifts with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Anthony McGill at the inauguration of U.S. president Barack Obama on January 20, 2009.
GABRIELA MONTERO Trailer: Montero "Ex Patria"/Rachmaninov No.2/Improvisations. Spanish subtitles.
Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero returns with a pulse-raising collection of early 20th-century Latin American works
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Top Gabriela Montero Pieces
Mephisto Waltz No.1
Violin Partita in D minor BWV 1004 (Chaconne)
- Soloists: Gautier Capucon; Gabriela Montero
- Record Label: Virgin
- Catalog: 0946 3857862
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