Piano Days @CLE July 24 - August 14, 2022

Stanislav and Friends

Stanislav Khristenko portrait Stanislav and Friends Sunday, August 7 | 2:00pm icon-calendar Sunday, August 7 2:00pm America/New_York Stanislav and Friends Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music

Stanislav and Friends is an innovative and exciting concert experience that cannot be missed, headlined by Piano Cleveland’s celebrated 2013 Mixon First Prize winner, Ukrainian pianist Stanislav Khristenko.

While the piano is a beloved musical partner for all sorts of ensembles, this chamber program seeks to highlight the instrument as the collaborative thread that weaves both instrumentalists and vocalists together in harmony. Throughout the program you will hear piano not only as accompaniment to voice, woodwinds, and strings, but as a versatile collaborative partner that shines with unique textures and timbres in each new musical configuration.

 

Program:

Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet “Trout”, D. 667
IV: Theme and Variations

Schubert: Shepherd on the Rock for Voice, Clarinet and Piano

Maurice Ravel: Piano Trio in A Minor
I: Modéré

Aram Khachaturian: Trio in G minor for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano (1932)
III. Moderato

André Previn: Four songs for Soprano, Cello, and Piano
I. Mercy
III. Shelter

Magnus Lindberg: Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano
III. Crash wave, crash

Astor Piazzolla: Winter for Violin, Cello, and Piano

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25
IV: Ronda alla Zingarese: Presto

Louise Farrenc: Quintet in A minor, op. 30
Finale

Learn more about Stanislav Khristenko

Stanislav Khristenko’s performances have captivated audiences on four continents since his first solo recital at the age of 11 at the Kharkiv Philharmonic Hall in Ukraine. A “poet of piano” (Le Soir, Belgium), Mr. Khristenko has been praised for his emotional intensity, charismatic expression, “palette of touches”, “solid” and “precise” technique by The New York Times, The Washington Post and Miami Herald (USA); Gramophone and BBC Music (UK) and El Pais (Spain).

As a concert pianist, Stanislav Khristenko received prizes at over 30 international piano competitions including Cleveland International Piano Competition, Maria Canals International Piano Competition and Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition. His recordings have been released on Steinway & Sons, Naxos, Oehms, and Toccata Classics. Mr. Khristenko has appeared as a piano soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Phoenix, Puerto Rico and Richmond Symphonies, National Orchestra of Belgium, Bilbao, Madrid and Tenerife Symphony Orchestras, Liege Royal Philharmonic, and Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. His performance highlights include solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Palais de Beaux-Arts in Brussels, as well as performances with orchestras in the Berlin Philharmonie, Seoul Arts Center, Moscow Conservatory Great Hall and Hong Kong City Hall. Stanislav Khristenko is a Steinway Artist.

Learn more about the guest artists
Victoria Browers, soprano

Victoria Browers, soprano

Soprano Victoria Browers has established herself as a versatile singer who is at home in various repertoires. As an avid performer of song and vocal chamber music, she has been heard in numerous venues throughout the US and her recital repertoire runs the gamut from the baroque songs of Henry Purcell to contemporary premieres. A program of Russian songs at the Roerich Museum in NYC, multiple appearances at the Stony Brook Chamber Music Festival, a concert featuring the music of Libby Larsen and an 80th birthday celebration of composers John Harbison and William Bolcom, both at Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, are among her favorites performances to date. Her collaborations and projects with cellist Khari Joyner, flutist Randolph Bowman, pianist JJ Penna, and pianist Kristina Marinova continue to fuel her passion for song.

As both a dedicated scholar and teacher of the art song repertoire, as well as new music, she is part of the Artist Faculty at SongFest in LA each summer. Through this work she has had the great pleasure to collaborate with American composers Tom Cipullo, Lori Laitman, Libby Larsen, Martin Hennessy and John Musto. Ms. Browers is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College where she teaches Song Literature courses and private voice. She is also the songSLAM Coordinator for Sparks & Wiry Cries, a global platform dedicated to art song spanning publication, live performance, and commission of new works.

On the opera stage, Victoria’s favorite performances include the Governess in The Turn of the Screw at Stony Brook University, Musetta in La Bohème with St. Petersberg Opera, the role of Nittilai in the world premiere of Vanraj Bhatia’s opera, Agni Vasarsha at the Queens Festival of New Music, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance program. She has performed with Chelsea Opera, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Festival, Natchez Opera, Wintergreen Music Festival, The Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, SongFest at Colburn, Songfusion, The Joy in Singing Organization, The Garden State Philharmonic, NJ Bach Festival, and Empire Opera.

Originally from Michigan, Victoria holds degrees in Vocal Performance from Stony Brook University, Westminster Choir College, and Ohio Wesleyan University. Additional studies and training programs include summers at The Britten-Pears School, the CoOPERAtive Program, a Stern Fellowship at the SongFest Program, two summers as an Apprentice Singer and Educational Tour with the Natchez Festival of Music, and Italian studies at Scuola Italia in Sant’angelo in Vado. Ms. Browers was a National Finalist in the NATS Artist Award Competition and was awarded the Berton Coffin Award for her performance in the finals. She received an award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation in NYC and was recently heard in the semifinals of both the Zinka Milanov International Competition in Croatia, as well as the Cooper-Bing Competition at Opera Columbus in Ohio. Victoria and pianist JJ Penna recorded songs by composers Christian Carey and Joel Phillps that were recently released on Westminster Choir College’s label, distributed by Naxos Composers at Westminster is available to stream/download on all major platforms.

Yael Senamaud Cohen, viola

Yael Senamaud Cohen, viola

YAEL SENAMAUD-COHEN, viola, has been a member of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, Spain, and has appeared with the Orchestre de Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain and the Opéra National de Paris. She is a graduate of the Conservatoire National de Paris and the Peabody Conservatory, where her teachers included Bruno Pasquier and Paul Coletti. She also studied baroque violin with Patrick Bismuth and performed with his ensemble. Since moving to the States, she has served as principal viola of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and CityMusic Cleveland. As a baroque player she performs with Indianapolis Baroque, Bourbon Baroque, and Apollo’s Fire.

She lives in Cleveland with her husband and three children.

Stanislav Golovin, clarinet

Stanislav Golovin, clarinet

Stanislav Golovin has performed as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Dr. Golovin is currently on faculty at The University of Akron and the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Preparatory Division. He is a member of Solaris Woodwind Quintet. Stanislav is a Gold Medal winner of the prestigious Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition. He has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, and others. He has played under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, Franz Welser-Möst, Alan Gilbert, Hans Graf, Marin Alsop, John Williams, Manfred Honeck, David Robertson, Paavo Järvi, Lionel Bringuier, Giancarlo Guerrero, to name a few.

Stanislav has won numerous awards and competitions, including the Darius Milhaud Performance Prize Competition, the Wagner College Young Artist Competition, the Tuesday Musical Scholarship Competition (twice), International Jewish Young Artist Competition in Moscow, National Young Artist Competition of Uzbekistan (twice), the Fine Arts Award in Clarinet at Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition. In 2020, Stanislav was selected by the Cleveland Jewish News and Classic Lexus as one of the 12 under 36 Young Jewish Professionals influencing the future of Northeast Ohio through their professional and personal achievements.

An active educator, Dr. Golovin has presented masterclasses at the Peabody Conservatory, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, University of Miami, University of Washington in Seattle, the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, the University of Iowa, to name a few. In addition, he has taught at Interlochen Arts Academy. Dr. Golovin received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in clarinet performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. His primary teachers have included Franklin Cohen and Jane Carl.

As a Buffet Crampon USA Artist/Clinician and Vandoren Performing Artist, Dr. Golovin performs exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets and Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces.

Khari Joyner, cello

Khari Joyner, cello

Described by the New York Classical Review as “one of the most exciting young musicians on the classical scene”, Khari Joyner has a following both nationally and abroad as a versatile concert cellist, chamber musician, and ambassador for the arts. He has made numerous guest appearances with orchestras and ensembles across the world, including two recent performances of both Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto in A Minor and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which received rave reviews. In addition, he has given many cello masterclasses and lectures at notable institutions, including SUNY Fredonia, Oberlin Conservatory, and Clayton State University.

Furthermore, he has recently joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Cello at \ Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, succeeding 46-year tenure of Cello Professor Regina Mushabac. In, 2017 Joyner received a career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund, which nominates and endows a select number of gifted artists with generous funding to further their careers. Joyner has also performed for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, the latter for which he gave a private performance in the Oval Office. Joyner actively collaborates across genres with many choreographers, actors, and jazz musicians—his most recent collaboration includes a featured world premiere with the Atlanta Ballet, for is solo cello work Intransigence.

Madalyn Parnas Möller, violin

Madalyn Parnas, violin

As an artist founded at the complex intersection of musical heritage and unprecedented innovation, American violinist Madalyn Parnas Möller secures her place on today’s concert stage by bringing inimitable style and artistic vision to every performance.

Since her debut at the age of twelve performing the Kabalevsky Violin Concerto, Ms. Parnas Möller’s concert record throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia has affirmed her dedication to performance as well as new repertoire. In recent seasons, she has toured France as guest soloist with L’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and performed concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, and the New York String Alumni Orchestra conducted by Jaime Laredo. She has presented multiple premieres, including Sven-David Sandström’s violin concerto, Force and Beauty, as well as the world premiere of composer Don Byrd’s Violin Concerto. This season, she will also appear as guest soloist in performances of the Sibelius Violin Concerto, and her current solo recording project with Aqua, an Argentinian/Latin American label, will be distributed by Naxos in 2021.

A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Parnas Möller’s recent engagements include recitals at the Kennedy Center, New York’s Subculture, San Francisco Performances, the Minneapolis Museum of Russian Art, and the San Francisco Academy of Achievement International Summit as a 2014 delegate. As winner of the 2017 Beverly Hills Chamber Music Auditions, upcoming appointments for this season include performances for the Boston Court Pasadena Chamber Music Series, Le Salon de Musiques, Los Angeles Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Center Stage Chamber Music Series, Sitka Festival Winter Classics, and the New York City Riverdale School, among others.

As both a soloist and a collaborator, Ms. Parnas Möller has simultaneously demonstrated a commitment to the legacy of chamber music while exercising her passion for contemporary music. Her collaborations include projects alongside acclaimed artists such as Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, Zuill Bailey, and her most long-standing partnership, Duo Parnas with her sister, cellist Cicely Parnas. Set apart by taking 1st prize in Carnegie Hall’s International Chamber Music Competition in 2007, Duo Parnas has since appeared at countless festivals throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Israel including Tanglewood, Banff, Maverick Concerts, Music Mountain, the American Composers Festival, Lachine Music Festival, and the ProQuartet Festival in France. Frequently engaged as artists-in-residence, Duo Parnas has toured Asia in the International Musical Arts Festivals of Shanghai and Macao and served residencies with both the El Paso and Sitka Music Festivals. In addition, Duo Parnas has released three albums on the Sheffield Lab label, which feature both pre-existing works and commissions by award-winning composers of the 21st century, including Bill Bolcom, Charles Wuorinen, Paul Moravec, and Lera Auerbach.

Ms. Parnas Möller holds a Master of Music and Artist Diploma in Violin Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; a Master of Arts in Violin Performance, with distinction, from the Royal Academy of Music in London; a Bachelor of Science from The College of Saint Rose where she graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Music Industry and French; she will complete her doctoral degree at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music in Spring 2022. Ms. Parnas Möller’s academic honors include selection as a 2012 Marshall Scholar, as well as earning the Josef Gingold Award and twice the Artistic Excellence Award at Indiana University. Her principal teachers include her grandfather and legendary cellist Leslie Parnas, Movses Pogossian, Varty Manouelian, Mark Kaplan, György Pauk, Jaime Laredo, James Buswell, and Betty-Jean Hagen. Ms. Parnas Möller resides in Los Angeles and performs on a 1715 Alessandro Gagliano violin.

Henry Samuels, double bass

Henry Samuels, double bass

Henry Samuels is a double bass player and music teacher living in Cleveland, Ohio. He has per-formed across the US, China, Europe, and Japan with orchestra including the Akron Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Sapporo Symphony, the Mansfield Symphony, and the Bluewater Chamber Orchestra.

Henry also enjoys playing chamber music. He has performed in all types of ensembles ranging from the Schulhoff Trio to the Schubert “Trout” quintet as a frequent collaborator with M.U.S.i.C. Stars in the Classics. He also performs jazz and pop tunes with various string ensem-bles in Opus 216 and Classical Revolution for events such as weddings, lawn concerts, and fund-raisers. Henry also performs and teaches Jewish folk music (klezmer). He has performed for Jewish Weddings and other significant life events, at the Bop Stop with Steven Greenman’s klezmer trio, and was the director of the klezmer ensemble at The Music Settlement from 2020 to 2022.

Henry is an active music teacher across Northeast Ohio. He teaches Suzuki and traditional bass at the Music Settlement, the Westlake Music Academy, and the Avon School of Music. Henry also assists local orchestra programs by teaching bass lessons and sectionals at Lakewood High School and Strongsville Middle and High School.

Henry received his Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University in double bass perfor-mance, and a Professional Studies Certificate in bass performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with TCO principal bassist Max Dimoff.

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Theron Brown and Tommy Lehman

A glimpse of gospel, jazz, and soul from the great legends is what inspires the sound of pianist Theron Brown’s music. Theron is the artist coordinator for Curated Storefront, artist director at I Promise School, and the founder and artistic director of the Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival. In 2019, Theron released his debut album, "No Concepts."

Trumpeter and vocalist Tommy Lehman is a native of Akron and graduate of the prestigious Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut . Tommy regularly tours, records, and performs with musicians such as Acid Cats, Nathan-Paul and The Admirables, Chris Coles’ Nine Lives Project, Alba Trio, Dan Wilson, Theron Brown, Bobby Selvaggio, Peachcurls, and others.

Joe Leaman and Helen Welch

Joe Leaman is an in-demand pianist, percussionist and instructor in Northeast Ohio. He has been seen with local artists Jack Schantz, Helen Welch, Dave Morgan, and has performed with the bands Special Request, Charita Franks, and Axon Neuron. Joe is the keyboard specialist at Woodsy’s Music in Kent and a great partner to Piano Cleveland with their education programming.

Helen Welch is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, entertainer, producer and band-leader who has headlined with world-class organizations such as the BBC Big Band, Glenn Miller Europe and Opus One. In 2016, her musical release, "Spellbound" was an entry for the Traditional Pop Category of the Grammy Awards.

Chengzi Li

A Young Steinway Artist, the Chinese pianist Hechengzi Li (Chengzi), was featured on the cover of the World of Music magazine and described as “The rising star, the genuine and passionate storyteller through music.”  She released her first solo album performing the works of Scriabin, Stravinsky, and Chopin with the STARSING Media Group in 2019. Chengzi is currently studying at Cleveland Institute of Music under Sergei Babayan.

Eva Gevorgyan

Critics rave at her “emotional eloquence and impeccable technique” combined with all “the important features of a mature master” (ICMA): 18-year old Armenian pianist Eva Gevorgyan has quickly established herself as one of the most promising talents in the pianistic world.

Eva Gevorgyan has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Russian National Orchestra, State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov”, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic and others. She has already performed at major concert venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle, the Mariinsky Concert Hall, Moscow Conservatory Great Hall, and KKL Lucerne. Eva has participated in the Verbier Festival, Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival, Stars of the White Nights Festival, Eilat Chamber Music Festival, Palermo Classica Festival, the Perugia Piano Festival, ClaviCologne Festival and Klassik vor Acht, Jeune Chopin à Cannes, Ferrara Piano Festival, Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival, Fränkische Musiktage Alzenau and others. In January 2020 Eva was invited to perform in Yerevan in front of the President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian and his spouse. At the Alto Adige Festival she performed in the presence of Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella.

Eva has appeared with such conductors as Vladimir Spivakov, Lawrence Foster, Vasily Petrenko, Valery Gergiev, Alexander Sladkovsky, Roberto Beltrán-Zavala, Eduard Topchjan, Dimitris Botinis, Piotr Gribanov, Tigran Hakhnazaryan, Ruth Reinhardt, Anatoly Levin, Ilmar Lapinsh, and others.

At the XVIII International Chopin Competition in Warsaw Eva Gevorgyan was the youngest finalist. Evgeny Kissin chose Eva Gevorgyan as a scholar of the 2020 Klavierfestival Ruhr. Eva was also an ICMA Discovery Award winner at the 2019 International Classical Music Awards. She is a grand-prix winner of the Russian National Orchestra Competition in 2021. In total, Eva has received awards at more than forty international competitions for piano and composition in the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, and Russia among others, including First Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists (incl. special prize for the best interpretation of Bach and Canton Symphony Orchestra Prize), First Prize at the Robert Schumann Piano Competition in Dusseldorf, Second Prize and the Press Award at the Cliburn Junior International Piano Competition, Grand Prix and special prize for best Chopin interpretation at the Chicago International Music Competition, and First Prize at the Jeune Chopin International Piano Competition in Martigny. She has been a laureate and received five special prizes at Moscow’s Grand Piano International Competition. Eva also won First Prizes at the Chopin International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Szafarnia, Poland, and Portugal’s St. Cecilia International Piano Competition, and won the Grand Prix at the International Piano Competition of Giuliano Pecar in Gorizia, Italy. Eva was awarded the Junior Prize (City Prize) at the Eppan Junior Piano Academy (Italy).

Eva is a Young Yamaha Artist. She received a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and participates regularly in the intensive music weeks and activities offered by the Academy. She also holds scholarships from YerazArt Foundation, Foundation Artis Futura, and from the Armenian Assembly.

Eva Gevorgyan was born in April 2004. After studies with Natalia Trull at the Central Music School in Moscow, she joined the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid, where she continues to study with Stanislav Ioudenitch. Eva was invited to the International Piano Academy Lake Como, where she participated in masterclasses with Dmitry Bashkirov, Stanislav Ioudenitch and William Nabore. She has also participated in masterclasses with Pavel Gililov, Grigory Gruzman, Piotr Paleczny, Andrea Bonatta and Klaus Hellwig.

John Zion

John Zion serves as the Managing Director of MKI Artists, one of the leading classical music management agencies in the United States where he directs the careers of a prestigious roster of artists, ensembles, and composers. He is also a co-founder of OurConcerts.live that produced and streamed more than 300 concerts during the pandemic and continues to provide access to live music to audiences around the world.

Also an active consultant, John works with artists, administrators, and arts organizations on career development, project management, and digital marketing. John serves on the board of Chamber Music America and has guest lectured and presented on arts-related issues at the Colburn School of Music, University of Michigan, Manhattan School of Music, Banff Centre, APAP|NYC, and Chamber Music America’s National Conference. He was named one of the “Rising Stars in the Performing Arts” by Musical America in 2012 and received a BM in Violin Performance from the Hartt School of Music.

Gabriela Montero

Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique compositional gifts have garnered her critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage. Anthony Tommasini remarked in The New York Times that “Montero’s playing had everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power…soulful lyricism…unsentimental expressivity.”

Recipient of the prestigious 2018 Heidelberger Frühling Music Prize, Montero’s recent and forthcoming highlights include debuts with the New World Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Tokyo (Aziz Shokhakimov), Orquesta de Valencia (Pablo Heras-Casado), and the Bournemouth Symphony (Carlos Miguel Prieto), the latter of which featured her as Artist-in-Residence for the 2019-2020 season. Montero also recently performed her own “Latin” Concerto with the Orchestra of the Americas at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and Edinburgh Festival, as well as at Carnegie Hall and the New World Center with the NYO2. Additional highlights include a planned European tour with the City of Birmingham Symphony and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla; a second tour with the cutting edge Scottish Ensemble, this time with Montero’s latest composition Babel as the centrepiece of the programme; her long-awaited return to Warsaw for the Chopin in Europe Festival, marking 23 years since her prize win at the International Chopin Piano Competition; and return invitations to work with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony, Jaime Martin and the Orquestra de Cadaqués for concerts in Madrid and Barcelona, and Alexander Shelley and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada.

Celebrated for her exceptional musicality and ability to improvise, Montero has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras to date, including: the Royal Liverpool, Rotterdam, Dresden, Oslo, Vienna Radio, and Netherlands Radio philharmonic orchestras; the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and Australian Chamber Orchestra; the Pittsburgh, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, Toronto, Baltimore, Vienna, City of Birmingham, Barcelona, Lucerne, and Sydney symphony orchestras; the Belgian National Orchestra, Württembergisches Kammerorchester.

A graduate and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Montero is also a frequent recitalist and chamber musician, having given concerts at such distinguished venues as the Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Cologne Philharmonie, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Sydney Opera House, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Lisbon Gulbenkian Museum, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Seoul’s LG Arts Centre, Hong Kong City Hall, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and at the Barbican’s ‘Sound Unbound’, Edinburgh, Salzburg, SettembreMusica in Milan and Turin, Lucerne, Ravinia, Gstaad, Saint-Denis, Violon sur le Sable, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Rheingau, Ruhr, Trondheim, Bergen, and Lugano festivals.

Montero is also an award-winning and bestselling recording artist. Her most recent album, released in autumn 2019 on the Orchid Classics label, features her own “Latin” Concerto and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, recorded with the Orchestra of the Americas in Frutillar, Chile. Her previous recording on Orchid Classics features Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and her first orchestral composition, Ex Patria, winning Montero her first Latin Grammy® for Best Classical Album (Mejor Álbum de Música Clásica). Others include Bach and Beyond, which held the top spot on the Billboard Classical Charts for several months and garnered her two Echo Klassik Awards: the 2006 Keyboard Instrumentalist of the Year and 2007 Award for Classical Music without Borders. In 2008, she also received a Grammy® nomination for her album Baroque, and in 2010 she released Solatino, a recording inspired by her Venezuelan homeland and devoted to works by Latin American composers.

Montero made her formal debut as a composer with Ex Patria, a tone poem designed to illustrate and protest Venezuela’s descent into lawlessness, corruption, and violence. The piece was premiered in 2011 by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Montero’s first full-length composition, Piano Concerto No. 1, the “Latin“ Concerto, was first performed at the Leipzig Gewandhaus with the MDR Sinfonieorchester and Kristjan Järvi, and subsequently recorded and filmed with the Orchestra of the Americas for the ARTE Konzert channel.

Winner of the 4th International Beethoven Award, Montero is a committed advocate for human rights, whose voice regularly reaches beyond the concert hall. She was named an Honorary Consul by Amnesty International in 2015, and recognised with Outstanding Work in the Field of Human Rights by the Human Rights Foundation for her ongoing commitment to human rights advocacy in Venezuela. She was invited to participate in the 2013 Women of the World Festival 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.

Born in Venezuela, Montero started her piano studies at age four with Lyl Tiempo, making her concerto debut at age eight in her hometown of Caracas. This led to a scholarship from the government to study privately in the USA and then at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Hamish Milne.