Gabriela Montero and Gautier Capuçon at the Metropolitan Museum Concerts

On November 13th, 2010, New York’s Metropolitan Museum featured pianist Gabriela Montero and cellist Gautier Capuçon, as part of its 57th season “The Metropolitan Museum of Art Concerts” Capuçon, who has embarked on a major European career, provided the perfect balance for Montero’s fluent technique and superb musicality. The musicians’ nuanced musical give and take included works for cello and piano by Prokofieff, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff. One would wish for the charismatic Gabriela Montero...
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Ein Treffen mit Gabriela Montero

Ich erinnere mich noch genau an einen meiner Besuche im Tower Records-Laden an Manhattans Upper West Side, den es jetzt nicht mehr gibt. Wӓhrend sich die Kunden durch die etwas chaotischen Berge von CDs arbeiteten, lief im Hintergrund Chopins “Fantaisie-Impromptu” ȕber die Lautsprecheranlage. Das war im Jahr 2005, und Gabriela Montero hatte gerade ihre erste CD auf EMI verӧffentlicht – eine Mischung aus beliebten Klassikern wie Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov und Scriabin, und – als...
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Connecting with pianist Gabriela Montero

I recall one of my visits to Manhattan’s Upper West Side’s Tower Records store — now a thing of the past — listening to a version of the well-known “Chopin Fantaisie-Impromptu” blasting over the shop’s speaker system, while customers were browsing through the somewhat disorganized piles of CDs. It was 2005, and Gabriela Montero had just released her first CD on EMI — a mix of a great easy-listening classical repertoire, Chopin and Liszt,...
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Crafting the Well-Tempered-Pianist: The Taubman Approach / Testimonials

After introducing the first article in my series about the Taubman approach, I received very varied responses. They were not only sent to this site, but also to a friend’s Facebook pages, and to some general websites that attract musicians, where I had posted the link to my series as well. The reactions ran the whole gamut, ranging from interested to enthusiastic to doubtful and even hostile. At first glance, it may appear hard...
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