Gabriela Montero

Gabriela Montero

Gabriela Montero

Sunday, May 1, 2:00pm
at Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Gabriela Montero
Improvised Classics Series: Keynotes  

NOTE: Ticket includes entry to the museum galleries.

Gabriela Montero

Centuries before Louis Armstrong transformed jazz into a realm ruled by virtuosic improvisers expressing themselves primarily through solos, European classical music put a premium on impromptu invention. The entrancing Venezuelan-born pianist Gabriela Montero has revived that long dormant tradition, infusing her recitals with beautifully detailed keyboard flights. Montero made her ambitious agenda clear with her eponymous major label debut, a double album featuring brilliant interpretations of the most demanding piano repertoire, plus a second disc with improvisations on themes by many of the same composers. Her 2006 follow-up, the chart topping Bach and Beyond, easily ranked as the most celebrated classical recording of the year, and 2007’s Baroque earned two Grammy Award nominations. Montero cemented her status as a global icon when she performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Anthony McGill at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and her latest release, Solatino, is an inspired collection of works by South American composers.

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"Montero shimmers with silken improvisations. " — Seattle Times
"No matter how complex the variations, the original melody always emerges triumphantly from a musical tapestry that might weave blues, jazz, tango, and Debussy into a multihued framework. " — The New York Times