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Award-winning pianist Gabriela Montero headed to Cleveland Institute of Music as artist-in-residence, piano faculty member

November 16, 2023 | By Zachary Lewis
Communications Manager, CIM

CLEVELAND, Nov. 16, 2023 – The brilliant constellation that is CIM’s piano faculty has gained a new star.  

On Thursday, Executive Vice President and Provost Scott Harrison announced the appointment of Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero as a member of the piano faculty and the Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan D. Epstein Artist-in-Residence 

The pianist and composer, an eminent figure noted for her probing performances, uncommon ability to improvise, and human rights advocacy, will commence teaching at CIM in fall 2024, and is now accepting applications for her studio.  

CIM has extended the application deadline for piano students interested in studying with Ms. Montero to January 8. 

“It is a true honor to welcome Gabriela Montero to the CIM piano faculty,” said Antonio Pompa-Baldi, head of CIM’s Piano Department. “She is a generational talent, a uniquely gifted individual who happens to be not only a great artist, pianist, improviser, and composer but also a phenomenal human being. 

“Having her as a member of the CIM family fulfills our aspirations to constantly raise the level of our already amazing faculty.”   

Montero is no stranger to CIM. In July, she visited the school as a guest instructor at the Cleveland International Piano Institute, a co-presentation with Piano Cleveland in association with the 2023 Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists. CIM piano faculty Kathryn Brown and Piano Cleveland president Yaron Kohlberg served as co-directors of the Institute. 

Reflecting on her experience after that visit, which included a recital at nearby Severance Music Center and a masterclass at CIM, Montero described CIM as “an inspiring place” where the environment is “all about collaboration.”  

“What has really touched me is the quality of the people and the philosophy of teaching and learning,” she said.  

A native of Caracas and a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Montero is acclaimed both for her captivating performances of traditional repertoire and her remarkable ability to improvise, often on complex themes. (Improvisation was the subject of her July masterclass at CIM.)  

She has collaborated with major orchestras all over the world, including The Cleveland Orchestra, and is an active, award-winning recording artist and composer. Throughout her career, she has been a vocal advocate for human rights, utilizing her platform to raise awareness for social and political issues in her native Venezuela.  

At CIM, Montero will be the Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan D. Epstein Artist-in-Residence and a member of the piano faculty. In addition to teaching privately, she will conduct masterclasses and perform annually. For information on how to join her studio or apply to CIM, visit cim.edu/apply 

“CIM has a century-long history of appointing legendary pianists to its faculty, and Gabriela Montero extends that tradition,” said Paul W. Hogle, CIM’s President & CEO. 

“Gabriela is one of the world’s leading musical lights and will be a profoundly positive influence on our students and musical life at CIM. We are honored and excited to welcome her to our faculty.” 



Cleveland Institute of Music 

The Cleveland Institute of Music empowers the world’s most talented classical music students to fulfill their dreams and potential. Its graduates command the most celebrated and revered stages in the world as soloists, leading roles, chamber musicians, and ensemble members; compose meaningful, award-winning new repertoire; produce Grammy Award-winning recordings; and are highly sought-after teaching artists, administrators, and thought leaders. A testament to the excellence of a CIM education, more than half of the members of The Cleveland Orchestra are connected to CIM as members of the faculty, alumni, or both, and CIM alumni occupy hundreds of chairs in major orchestras worldwide. The school’s increasingly diverse collegiate and pre-college student bodies benefit from access to world-renowned visiting artists, intensive study with CIM’s stellar faculty, and the rich curriculum offered by CIM’s partner, Case Western Reserve University. A leader among its peers, CIM is the largest presenter of free performances, masterclasses, and community concerts in the Midwest, hosting hundreds of events each year on campus and at locations regionwide, including Severance Music Center. Explore cim.edu to learn more. 



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