Pianist Gabriela Montero to play in Miami, Feb. 11

By David Berry….

Gabriela Montero

Internationally renowned pianist Gabriela Montero will dazzle listeners and critics with her one-of-a-kind style and improvisational skills in Miami on Friday, Feb. 11, at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St.

Montero’s improvisational skills separate her from today’s pack of classical pianists.

“I connect to my audience in a completely unique way — and they connect with me,” she said. “Because improvisation is such a huge part of who I am, it is the most natural and spontaneous way I can express myself.”

Montero’s credits include appearances on 60 Minutes, a Grammy award nomination, and the honor of performing at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Sprinkled in between have been high profile performances with the New York and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras and several critically acclaimed album releases.

Montero’s EMI-produced Bach and Beyond album introduced her to a United States audience that embraced her wholeheartedly, driving the album to its status as a Billboard bestseller in 2006. Her 2008 album Baroque received five-star reviews from authorities that included BBC Music Magazine, and her October 2010 album Solatino is on pace to continue her trend of stellar album releases.

For information, visit www.risekernpresents.com. Tickets now are available from $30 at www.ticketmaster.com.

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