This month, Gabriela joins pianist Rex Lewis-Clack for a special benefit concert at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever in Los Angeles. Born blind and diagnosed with autism as a toddler, Rex Lewis-Clack has now at the age of 18 astounded musicologists and music lovers alike with his prodigious musical skills. The performance benefits the Rex & Friends Charitable Foundation, which provides music therapy and education for individuals who are blind or autistic in Southern California.
Also joining the program are students from Performing Arts West Studio, an organization that uses performing arts education to bolster self-esteem, social skills, and employment opportunities for adults living with developmental disabilities.
The concert’s program will feature works in the classical, jazz, pop, and improvisational genres. For more information, click here.
On November 30, Gabriela Montero joins the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington for a special benefit concert, “Leipzig Helps Children.” Guesting with the orchestra, Gabriela performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, much-loved for its dream-like Adagio section. Maestro Norrington also leads the orchestra in Mozart’s Symphony No. 33 in B-flat Major and his famous “Linz” Symphony No. 36 in C Major.
On November 21, Gabriela Montero makes her debut at the Lucerne Festival where she gives an intimate recital in the festival's Konzertsaal. The Venezuelan pianist performs Brahms's Three Intermezzi, Op. 117, paired with Schumann's Fantasy in C Minor. Following these two much-loved works in the Romantic repertoire, Gabriela offers her signature improvisations, unique to each concert and based on audience suggestions. For more information, click here.
Following her appearance with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Gabriela Montero earned praise from critics and audiences for her interpretation of Schumann’s Piano Concerto.
“The Venezuelan-born Montero is a singular phenomenon in the classical music world, a virtuoso who's both a master interpreter of the standard repertoire and a fantastic improviser," wrote ArtsNash. "She showcased both gifts on Thursday…She played the second-movement Intermezzo with delicacy and expression, and brought out all of the exuberance and joy of the dashing finale.” The website also singled out her signature encore, an improvisation based on an audience-suggested theme. “Montero’s improvisation of [‘The Tennessee Waltz’] was amazing. Indeed, she transformed this simple theme, turning into a complex solo that sounded as lush, romantic and virtuosic as anything by Rachmaninoff.”