Pianist Gabriela Montero

Gabriela Montero, Piano

Martin Theatre
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
4:30 PM
Donor Gates Open
5:00 PM
Public Gates Open
8:00 PM
Concert Starts
Reserved $40/$25
Lawn $10



About The Artist

Seen by millions in a performance telecast from President Barack Obama’s inaguration, pianist Gabriela Montero was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and gave her first public performance at age 5. Three years later she made her concerto debut with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra and was granted a scholarship from the Venezuelan government to study in the United States. Past engagements include performances with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic and UBS Verbier Chamber Orchestra, and recitals at the Edinburgh Festival, Verbier Festival, Wigmore Hall, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Koln Philharmonie, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Istanbul International Festival, Kennedy Center, National Arts Centre Ottawa, Orchard Hall Tokyo and “Progetto Martha Argerich” Festival. In both recital and after performing a concerto, Montero often invites her audience to participate by asking for a melody for improvisations, accepting everything from Mozart to Star Wars. Her first EMI/Angel CD consisted of one disc of music by Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Liszt and a second of her deeply felt and technically brilliant improvisations. Standing alongside inspired performances of core repertoire, improvisation plays as important a part in Montero’s life as it did for Bach and Mozart and, to show the link, her CD Bach and Beyond is an entire disc of improvisations on themes by Bach, which topped the charts for several months and was given the 2006 “Choc de la musique de l’année” award from the French magazine Le Monde de la Musique. She was named the 2006 Keyboard Instrumentalist of the Year at the ECHO Preis Award in Munich. In 2008 her follow-up recording, Improvisations Baroque, was released to great critical acclaim. Tonight marks Gabriela Montero’s Ravinia Festival debut.