I have discovered my elation for a young pianistic talent. Her name is Gabriela Montero. What makes the difference between her and most well-known pianists is, that besides playing great works of classical piano music she also is a great improvisation talent. I think, she gives concerts and makes CD´s since a couple of years and she was discovered by Martha Argerich, who supported her career as concert pianist.
I would like to recommend some video-links here (there are many more recordings of her on YouTube):http://www.youtube.com/user/GabrielaMonteroTV
She improvises mainly on classical themes (or folk songs), but sometimes also in jazz-style.
Here is an improvisation about the Goldberg-theme:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUfZeag_28g
On arte-tv I watched a very interesting concert-video showing her playing in Germany ("An evening with Gabriela Montero"):http://videos.arte.tv/de/videos/ein_abe ... 12744.html
I just wanted to show my enthusiasm for the combination of classical music and improvisation. In times of our great old masters (the classical composers) it was absolutely normal to improvise in a public concert. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and all the great ones could do it in a magnificant way. So, for me that´s a sign of a true (or great) musician. We really should care for this old great tradition more again, so that it becomes a habitude and fashion again in modern times of the future!
Montero is so authentic and musical. It´s great!