Category: piano

Gabriela Montero (b. 1970) is a Venezuelan pia…

Gabriela Montero (b. 1970) is a Venezuelan pianist. She is best known for her skilful improvisations on complex musical
pieces.

She began playing from a very young age and
gave her first public performance at the age of five. At the age of nine, she
was awarded a government scholarship to study in the USA, and later attended
the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2009, she played at the inauguration
of President Barack Obama.

Hazel Scott (1920-1981) was a musical prodigy …

Hazel Scott (1920-1981) was a musical prodigy of Trinidadian origin. She was a trained classical pianist who also performed as a jazz singer.

In 1950, she became the first black person to ever have their own TV show, The Hazel Scott Show. She was also one of the first Afro-Caribbean women to star in major Hollywood films, mostly as herself.