Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have won her a devoted following around the world. Anthony Tommasini remarked in The New York Times, “Montero’s playing had everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power…soulful lyricism…unsentimental expressivity.”
Fresh from her BBC Proms debut with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop, Gabriela commenced the 2016/2017 season with an appearance at MusikFest Bremen with the Cadaqués Orchestra and Jaime Martin, recitals at the MiTo Festival in Milan and Turin, and a week of chamber music and collaborative workshops at the Trondheim Festival in Northern Norway. Gabriela also undertakes a European tour this season with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico and their Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto, which includes performances of Gabriela’s newly-composed piano concerto and concerts at the Salzburg Festspielhaus, Vienna Musikverein, and Frankfurt Alte Oper. Other season highlights involve performances of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on a UK tour with the Zürcher Kammerorchester and trumpeter Alison Balsom, two engagements with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, including the world premiere of a work by Catalan composer Jordi Cervelló, and concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and their new Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Gabriela also continues giving recitals, featuring her acclaimed improvisations, in such places as Madrid, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, Verona, Heidelberg, and the Dominican Republic.
In recent years, Gabriela has been invited to perform with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including: the Royal Liverpool, Rotterdam, Dresden, Oslo, Vienna Radio, and Netherlands Radio philharmonic orchestras; the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and Australian Chamber Orchestra; the Pittsburgh, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, Toronto, Baltimore, and Lucerne symphony orchestras; the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, and the Stuttgart Chamber, Cleveland, Philharmonia, Komische Oper Berlin, Vienna Symphony, Residentie, and Sydney Symphony orchestras.