This pianist just played the most amazing improvisation on the habanera from Carmen

18 July 2016, 15:46

Gabriela Montero habanera improvisation

The brilliant Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero has made a name for herself as a brilliant improviser – and if you want to know why, watch this epic NINE MINUTE improvisation on the habanera from Bizet’s Carmen.

After playing Grieg’s Piano Concerto at a concert in Mallorca, Gabriela treated the audience to one of your famous improvisations.

Using the habanera from Bizet’s Carmen as inspiration, she took the audience on a tour of the history of classical music – starting with a bit of Baroque counterpoint, referencing the music of South America – before closing with… some Scott Joplin.

You can listen to the whole improvisation here

The Scott Joplin vibe kicks in at 7.22.

*feelings of inadequacy*

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