ASO to welcome pianist Gabriela Martinez on Jan. 20
The Akron Symphony Orchestra is pleased to welcome Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez to the stage on Jan. 20, 2018, as she will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
Versatile, daring, and insightful, Gabriela is establishing a reputation on both the national and international stages for the lyricism of her playing, her compelling interpretations, and her elegant stage presence.
An artist equally at home with established and contemporary repertoire, by composers ranging from Beethoven and Rachmaninoff to Mason Bates and Adam Schoenberg, she has performed throughout the United States as well as in Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, and Venezuela.
In November 2016, Delos released Gabriela’s debut solo album, Amplified Soul, a wide-ranging program featuring works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Szymanowski, and two acclaimed contemporary composers, Dan Visconti and Mason Bates. It includes the world-premiere recording of Visconti’s Amplified Soul, a work written for her. Gabriela collaborated with Grammy Award-winning producer David Frost on the CD. A video of the Visconti work can be found on YouTube.
Among the highlights of her 2017-18 season are recitals presented by the Broad Stage (Santa Monica, Calif.) and the Steinway Society of the Bay Area, and engagements with numerous orchestras including the Dayton Philharmonic and the Akron, Modesto, Springfield (Mo.), Topeka, and Wichita symphonies.
Gabriela has played with such distinguished orchestras as the San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, New Jersey, Tucson, and Fort Worth symphonies; Germany’s Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, MDR Rundfunkorchester, and Nurnberger Philharmoniker; and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.
She has performed under Gustavo Dudamel, James Gaffigan, James Conlon, Marcelo Lehninger and Guillermo Figueroa, among many other distinguished conductors, and has performed at such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall in New York City; Salzburg’s Grosses Festspielhaus; Dresden’s Semperoper; Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens; and Paris’ Palace of Versailles.