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Argentinean composer Claudia Montero has emerged as one of the most outstanding and acclaimed composers in Latin America today. Claudia's music has been premiered and performed worldwide. "It is strongly rooted in South American traditional music.... apart from the joy it expresses there is also a sort of melancholy behind the music ....not sadness, just an elegiac sense or yearning for older times... that is rooted in Claudia’s traditions from that part of the world"... Irish conductor David Brophy.
Claudia Montero is the winner of two Latin Grammy Awards in the category of “Best Classical Contemporary Composition”, in 2014 for her Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra and in 2016 for her String Quartet Cuarteto para Buenos Aires.
The 2016-2017 season included the World Premiere at the Galway International Arts Festival in Ireland of her Piano Concerto “Blanco y Negro” with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra led by conductor David Brophy, followed by a second performance at the National Concert Hall in Dublin . The Premiere of her Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra with the Valencia Orchestra and her Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra with violinist Emanuel Salvador and the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra were performed at the Palau de la Música in Valencia.
During 2017 Claudia Montero´s works have been performed in the USA, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Serbia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Russia, Germany, Austria, S Korea, Estonia, France, China and Canada among others.
Her works have been premiered by the Orquesta de Cámara de Buenos Aires, Crescendo Orchestra, the Orquesta de Cámara de Jeréz, the Orquestra Pau Casals, the Sinfonietta Paris, the Turin Philharmonic, the Taipei University Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonierorchester Kusel, the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de Tango de Buenos Aires, and the symphony orchestras of Salta, Tucumán, Rosario and Neuquen University in Argentina. Her works were also performed at international music festivals such as the Festival de Ronda, Festival Fortea, Langernagen Chamber Music Festival, Donau Festival, GitarISTRA Festival, Festival de Música de Cámara de Montserrat, Festival de Guitarra de Gandia and the Festival “Desde los confines del mundo” in Argentina.
Claudia has collaborated with chamber music groups and instrumentalists such as the Maganos Quintet, the American String Quartet, the Almus Quartet, the Kamer Quartet, the Barrenechea Dúo, the Billroth String Quartet, Il Concerto Accademico, Quatre U, Trío Luminar, Trío Brouwer, harpist Floraleda Sacci and guitarists José Luis Ruíz del Puerto, Wolfgang Weigel and Isabel Siewers.
Claudia Montero has released 6 CD recordings: her first, “Evocaciones” features compositions for harp played by Floraleda Sacchi, “Sonidos de Mujer” features works for guitar performed by José Luis Ruiz del Puerto, her Grammy award winning CD “Ausencias”, and her Grammy award winning CD “Irremediablemente Buenos Aires”. Her latest release, was the CD "Luminosa" which featured her recent composition Concerto “Blanco y Negro” for piano and orchestra, performed by pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra led by Carlos Franzetti, and Homage to Tarrega with Guitarist Piero Bonaguri ( Italy).
Claudia Montero is frequently invited as a composer and lecturer to festivals such as the Cagliari International Music Festival in Italy, A Orillas del Guadalquivir Festival and the Festival de Música de Ayamonte in Spain, Gitarreland Festival in Germany and France, Encuentro Latinoamericano en las Artes in Alcalá and the Festival Internacional de la Habana in Cuba. She has participated as a Composer at conferences at the Universities of Valencia, Nis in Serbia, Jaum I, Giovanni Battista Martini in Bologna, and the Cagliari and Undine in Italy.
Claudia is a member of the International Alliance of Women in Music , the Latin Recording Academy and the Recording Academy of the USA.
She began her musical studies at the Conservatorio Alberto Ginastera where she obtained a Bachelor´s Degree in Pedagogy and Composition. She obtained a Master Degree in Aesthetic and Musical Creativity from the Universidad de Valencia. Currently she is part of the Professorship body with the Generalitat Valenciana.
Upcoming projects include the recording in March 2018 with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra led by Lucía Zicos of "Mágica y Misteriosa" - Magic and Mystery, concertos for Guitar and Harp with María Isabel Siewers ( guitar) and Floraleda Sacchi ( harp).