Soloist tests negative, will play tomorrow

Soloist tests negative, will play tomorrow


norman lebrecht

March 14, 2020

From the pianist Gabriella Montero:

Yesterday, just before my scheduled rehearsal with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Alexandre Bloch in Newcastle, I found out that I had been in close contact 5 days earlier with someone who had tested positive for Covid-19.

Following medical advice and protocol, I cancelled the rehearsal and immediately got tested. Sam and I spent the last 24 hours awaiting the results and fortunately, I found out 5 minutes ago I am negative. Good news!

However, this means that I was obliged to miss both rehearsals and because of this, I won’t be able to play tonight. I am gutted over this knowing that so many friends and friends of family were going to be in The Sage tonight. I’m so sorry!

The wonderful German pianist Frank Dupree will be performing the beautiful Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 in my place. Enjoy!

I am happy to say that I will be playing my recital on Sunday at The Sage as planned.

See you on Sunday and wash your hands!



  • John Borstlap says:

    These stories are incredible… unreal. Congratulations for Mrs Montero, must have been a quite tense 24 hours waiting. The world has turned into a rather tasteless SciFi movie.

  • Karl says:

    This might be the only concert on the planet. Even Saskatoon delayed its season.

  • PHF says:

    Not having it is also news?! Well, it is gonna get busy around here from now on…

  • Marg says:

    Thats very good news Gabriella. Stay healthy.

  • V.Lind says:

    It’s “Gabriela.”

  • Player says:

    One L

  • esfir ross says:

    So happy for Frank Dupree. Great talent, wish him success. He’s no flak. Lucky New Castle people.