This event ended on: May 27, 2021

Musically Speaking

The Composer-Performer and the Adaptive Mindset

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  May 27, 2021 - 12 PM EDT

Join Alexander Shelley as he chats with Gabriela Montero and Stewart Goodyear about how a composer-performer uses an adaptive mindset in their work.

Venezuelan composer-pianist Gabriela Montero has said that improvisation is “the most natural musical state I can find myself in,” where “nothing at all exists until I do it in the moment.” Canadian composer and pianist Stewart Goodyear’s love of improvisation began as more of a joke, but has become an important and influential part of his work, with a particular fondness for improvising the cadenzas of Mozart concertos.

In this edition of Musically Speaking, Alexander Shelley delves into the supple minds of these two brilliant musical polymaths to explore how composer-performers use an adaptive mindset in their work.


  • Featuring Alexander Shelley
  • Featuring Gabriela Montero
  • Featuring Stewart Goodyear