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Gabriela Montero

May 10, 1970 -
born in Caracas, Venezuela, composed during the Contemporary period
Pianist Gabriela Montero offers orchestras that engage her a list of 32 concertos, but her recital repertory is rather odd by traditional 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 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. She is a popular concerto soloist, and has played with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Her 2006 CD Bach and Beyond, which includes both works by J.S. Bach and Montero's improvisations, won numerous awards. Other recordings include albums devoted to Chopin, the Baroque repertoire, and Solatino, a collection of music by South American composers as well as Montero's improvisations. ~ James Reel, Rovi
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Track List: Bach & Beyond - Gabriela Montero

1. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring, For Piano (after Bach's Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben, BWV 147): Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring

2. Presto, For Piano (after Bach's Italian Concerto, BWV 971): Presto From Italian Concerto

3. Beyond Bach, For Piano: Beyond Bach

4. Air In G, For Piano (after Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 In D, BWV 1068): Air In G

5. Aria, For Piano (after Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988): Aria From Goldberg

6. Adagio, For Piano (after Bach's Violin Concerto No. 2 In E, BWV 1042): Adagio From Violin

7. Prelude In C, For Piano (after Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (BWV 846)): Prelude In C

8. Sheep May Safely Graze, For Piano (after Bach's The Hunt Cantata, BWV 208): Sheep May Safely Graze

9. Two-Part Invention In D Minor, For Piano (after Bach's Two-Part Invention In D Minor, BWV 775): Two-part Invention

10. Allegro, For Piano (after Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 In G, BWV 1048): Allegro From Brandenburg

11. Adagio, For Piano (after Bach's Keyboard Concerto In D Minor, BWV 974): Adagio From Keyboard Concerto

12. Toccata In D Minor, For Piano (after Bach's Toccata In D Minor, BWV 565): Tocatta

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I love anything she plays
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Great lovely music, from a lovely lady!
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howardsdunn
Beautiful
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Cant Get enough!
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Lovely!.
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dionitato
Gabriela You Are An Angel !!
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linda411s
She makes my heart smile !!
Wonderful pianist .
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NICE!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (♡☆★♥♡☆★♥)!! ! !
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Perfect music to relax with. A joy to be with.
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Wow. AND shes hot
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goneau32
beautiful music! Her style stands out --peaceful and calming--bea u t i f u l !
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Ti5itutituru t h f
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I love this song
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Creative-Edg e !
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steveriggs7
Makes my worldly trouble melt away beauty on beauty
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I love her music because it is so peaceful music and she is so good at the piano sometimes in my dreams I dream of her playing right beside me and my mom.
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princesslys1 0
She is good at the piano that song is cool I love it
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She is really good at piano!
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She is absolutely genious
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molobu
She is amazing! Saw her live in San Francisco Symphonya couple of years ago, breath taking improvisatio n skills! pandora obviously knows my taste :-)
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295294601
I may have understated my comment. She is not only incredible as an artist and composer but this gal is gorgeous. Can you just imagine waking up every morning to such a classic beauty?
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295294601
Wow what a find she is. Thanks again to Pandora. A true gift from another world.
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bueneeeessss i m o !
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I love to improvise on classical music. I am so impressed with her Improvisatio n on Albinoni's Adagio! Very beautiful!!
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lvo6725
Delightfully appeasing... . . s m o o t h and subtle on the keys....Thum b s Up!
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jcbrandt8
To listen to Gabriela Montero's piano music is like a stroll by the beach at sunrise. It relaxes while keeping you in awe of the beauty...
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Gabriela Montero is a wonderful improvisatio n a l pianist. I eagerly await her next release.
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It sets such a mood you don't even think to find out the composer or name. It just bobs, weaves, drifts, and forms big waves and small waves, the perfect backdrop to whatever you are doing at the time.
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I've always loved classical music, but to hear such beautiful music from a beautiful woman in our era... WOW!
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She's wonderful..j u s t bought the album!
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Love it!
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meadowsj020
I heard Ms. Montero at a concert last evening. She was indeed wonderful and asked for suggestions from the audience during the last 30 minutes or so of the concert.
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wmoy
Saw her live a couple years ago, she was great!
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flormcrespo
Maravillosa! ! Increible ! Me siento orgullosa de saber que es Venenzolana Ella es otro genio de Venezuela igual que Dudamel
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Viva Gabriela Montero and Viva Venezuela. I love her music!
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Love her improvs.
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ptadvocatern
amazing. Thankful to be introduced to her!
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Gives new energy to an old trope.
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very nice- thanks pandora
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exquisite
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Wonderful improvisatio n ! Wow! to listen to her is to feel her every keystroke.
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mough
Born on my birthday! She along with Dave Mason and Bono, all the 10th of May. I should be a famous musician, dammit! It's in the stars!! What a great talent!
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beautiful
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Amazing, I thought it as Chopin, or Bach. The complexity of her music is very impressive.
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jwittbra
I saw her play with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in February; it was wonderful!
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Better than Keith Jarrett. Thank you for the beauty of your vision.

Love,
Catherine
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A classical musician that improvises? I am shocked, and happily so! Piano improvisatio n has been a tradition from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, etc. and for whatever reason was totally abandoned. I am very happy to discover this artist.
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Wonderful pianist--and actually pretty hot...
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heavenly superb music
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Lovely discovery. New talent!
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