October 22, 2013


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Venezuelan-born pianist Gabriela Martinez will perform at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

The program will include Rachmaninoff's Moment Musicaux Op 16, No. 1; Brosse's Nocturne No. 1; Barber's Ballade; Bates' White Lies for Lomax; Liszt's Sonet 104; Rachmaninoff's Moment Musicaux Op 16, No. 4; and Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op 110 in A Flat Major.

Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center, says, "I had the opportunity to experience the magnificent artistry of Gabriela Martinez last winter. She's a remarkably accomplished and elegant pianist who is on the brink of a major concert artist career. I expect that classical music fans will be singing her praises for many, many years."

Born in Caracas in 1984, Martinez began her piano studies with her mother Alicia Gaggioni, and studied with Miyoko Lotto at the Perlman Music Program. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School as a full scholarship student of Yoheved Kaplinsky, and her doctorate with Professor Marco Antonio de Almeida in Halle, Germany.

An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with numerous musicians and ensembles including Itzhak Perlman and the Takacs Quartet. She has performed both as soloist and chamber musician in more than 50 concert halls in the U.S. and Germany, as well as in Paris, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Rome, Venice, London, Caracas, and Bogota.

Martinez has won numerous national and international prizes and awards. Her most recent accomplishments include first prize and audience award at the Anton G. Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Dresden. She was a semifinalist at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where she also received a Jury Discretionary Award. Her career includes world premieres of new music, live performance broadcasts, and interviews on TV and radio.

Committed to arts advocacy, Martinez was a fellow in The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, the Weill Music Institute, and New York City Public Schools. She has been a Career Grant recipient from the Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts since 2002. In 2008, she was appointed Concert Artist Faculty at Kean University in New Jersey.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors ages 62+, $10 for youth under 18, and $10 for college students. Tickets can be purchased online at bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next performance in the Weis Center's 2013-14 Series is a free Americana/Roots performance by the Andy Statman Trio Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre in downtown Lewisburg. The performance is free and tickets are not required.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or facebook.com/WeisCenter

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