The Gibraltar Philharmonic Society is privileged to announce that it will continue its 2017/2018 season with a piano recital featuring Gabriela Montero on 13th February 2018 at the Convent Balltoom commencing at 8:00pm. The concert is sponsored by the Parasol Foundation.
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.
In addition to her brilliant interpretations of the core piano repertoire, Gabriela is also celebrated for her ability to improvise, composing and playing new works in real time. She says, “I connect to my audience in a completely unique way – and they connect with me. Because improvisation is such a huge part of who I am, it is the most natural and spontaneous way I can express myself.” Whether in recital or following a concerto performance, Gabriela regularly invites her audiences to choose themes on which she improvises.
A staunch advocate of human rights, whose voice regularly reaches beyond the classical music sphere, Gabriela was recently named an Honorary Consul by Amnesty International and was also selected as a Nominee for Outstanding Work in the Field of Human Rights by the Human Rights Foundation, all in recognition of her ongoing commitment to human rights issues in Venezuela and beyond. She was invited to participate in the 2013 Women of the World Festival, held at London’s Southbank Centre, and has spoken and performed twice at the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters. She was also awarded the 2012 Rockefeller Award for her contribution to the arts and was a featured performer at Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Inauguration.
The programme will feature piano compositions by F. Schubert, R. Schumann and improvisations by Gabriela Montero.
The Gibraltar Philharmonic Society