Gabriela Montero - in concert from Vienna

Gabriela Montero - According to the Vienna Press -her performance is "like a visit from Outer Space".

Gabriela Montero With Christian Vásquez And The Austrian Radio Symphony In Concert – 2012 – Past Daily Mid Week Concert

Gabriela Montero - in concert from Vienna
Gabriela Montero – According to the Vienna Press – her performance is “like a visit from Outer Space”.

ORF Radio Symphony, Vienna – Christian Vásquez, conductor – Gabriela Montero, Piano – February 22-24, 2012 – ORF, Vienna.

Over to Vienna this week for a concert by the Austrian Radio Symphony, conducted by Christian Vásquez and featuring Gabriela Montero in music by Rachmaninoff, Zugaben, de Falla, Marquéz and Bernstein. The concert begins with performance of the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, featuring Montero. She then does one of her trademark improvisations for an encore. That’s followed by a performance of the Suite from ballet The Three Cornered Hat by de Falla, a performance of Danzón Nr. 2 by Arturo Márquez. The concert concludes with the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.

Recipient of the prestigious 2018 Heidelberger Frühling Music Prize, Gabriela Montero’s recent and forthcoming highlights include debuts with the San Francisco Symphony (Edward Gardner), New World Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Tokyo (Aziz Shokhakimov), Orquesta de Valencia (Pablo Heras-Casado), and the Bournemouth Symphony (Carlos Miguel Prieto), the latter of which will feature her as Artist-in-Residence for the 2019-2020 season.

Gabriela Montero also recently performed her own “Latin” Concerto with the Orchestra of the Americas at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and Edinburgh Festival, as well as at Carnegie Hall and the New World Center with the NYO2. Additional highlights include a European tour with the City of Birmingham Symphony and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla; a second tour with the cutting edge Scottish Ensemble, this time with Montero’s latest composition Babel as the centrepiece of the programme; her long-awaited return to Warsaw for the Chopin in Europe Festival, marking 23 years since her prize win at the International Chopin Piano Competition; and return invitations to work with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony, Jaime Martin and the Orquestra de Cadaqués for concerts in Madrid and Barcelona, and Alexander Shelley and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada.

Celebrated for her exceptional musicality and ability to improvise, Gabriela Montero has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras to date, including: the New York, Los Angeles, Royal Liverpool, Rotterdam, Dresden, Oslo, Vienna Radio, and Netherlands Radio philharmonic orchestras; the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and Australian Chamber Orchestra; the Pittsburgh, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, Toronto, Baltimore, Vienna, City of Birmingham, Barcelona, Lucerne, and Sydney symphony orchestras; the Belgian National Orchestra, Württembergisches Kammerorchester.

Born in Venezuela, Gabriela Montero started her piano studies at age four with Lyl Tiempo, making her concerto debut at age eight in her hometown of Caracas. This led to a scholarship from the government to study privately in the USA and then at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Hamish Milne.

Enjoy the concert.

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