According to the New York Times, "[Gabriela] Montero's playing has everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power in climactic moments, soulful lyricism in the ruminative passages and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity." Montero was born in Venezuela and gave her first performance to a public audience at the age of five. When she was eight, she made her concerto debut in Caracas, which led to a scholarship for private study in the United States.
Montero played with Yo Yo Ma, Yizhak Perlman and Anthony McGill at Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Inauguration. She has been invited to perform with the world's most respected orchestras, including the New York, Los Angeles Liverpool Philharmonics, Vienna Symphony and more, performing in the Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall and Wigmore Hall, among others.
Celebrated for her ability to brilliantly improvise, compose and play new works in real time, Montero is also an award-winning and best-selling recording artist. She has received the Bronze Medal at the Chopin Competition, two Echo Klassik Awards in 2006 and 2007, and a Grammy nomination for her Bach and Beyond follow-up Baroque work in 2008. She participated in the 2013 Women of the World Festival in London and spoke at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
Gabriela Montero's program will include:
- Schubert: Four Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899
- Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9
- Montero: Improvisations