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Pianist Gabriela Montero Talks with Mike Goldberg

Gabriela Montero

Photo courtesy of Gabriela Montero

I recently spoke with pianist Gabriela Montero about her new CD release that includes her own composition “Ex Patria,” a very moving work written as a memoriam to her native country Venezuela. Also on the CD are three improvisations and the famous Piano Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Montero and I sat down to discuss her approach to performing, composing and improvising. She talked about her collaboration with the YOA Orchestra of the Americas, as well as the parallels between her life and Rachmaninoff's. Now living in Los Angeles, Montero remains a passionate advocate for the people of Venezuela.

Enjoy the excerpts from our chat!

Yours in good music,
Mike Goldberg
Classical Music Host, 88.9 WCVE