Acclaimed Pianist Gabriela Martinez Steps in For Leon Fleisher on Aug. 6 Concert

Gabriela Martinez will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Aug. 6. She will step in for Leon Fleisher, who will not play due to a temporary focal dystonic in his right hand. Fleisher anticipates a full recovery in a few weeks and remains committed to his entire 2011-12 performance season. The repertoire remains the same, and the program includes Itzhak Perlman conducting Dvořák's “New World” Symphony. Ravinia Festival Music Director James Conlon will give a pre-concert talk on this work at 6:30 p.m. in the Martin Theatre.

This is both the Ravinia and CSO debuts for Martinez. Lauded by the New York Times as “compelling, elegant, and incisive,” the 21-year-old Venezuelan pianist is quickly establishing a reputation and earning praise as a versatile artist who combines “panache and poetry” (Dallas Morning News) with a “sense of grace and clarity” (The Star Ledger).