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Argentinean composer Claudia Montero has emerged as one of the most outstanding and acclaimed composers in Latin America today. Her music “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” (David Brophy, conductor).
Claudia Montero is the winner of four Latin Grammy Awards. In 2018 in the category “Best Classical Contemporary Composition” for her Concerto for Guitar “Luces y Sombras” and also in 2018 in the category Best Classical Album for “Magica y Misteriosa" – which includes the Guitar concerto and her Concerto for Harp. She was also winner of two further Latin Grammy Awards in the category of “Best Classical Contemporary Composition”, for her Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra (2014)and Cuarteto para Buenos Aires (2016)
Current commissions include "Vientos del Sur” – Winds from the South - a concerto for Accordion jointly commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society and the Munich Philharmonic with support from Paladin Projects Limited which will be premiered in March 2019 by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra led by Vasily Petrenko with Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion) and in May 2020 by the Munich Philharmonic in Munich.
In June 2019 the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the world premiere of “Ave Fenix” – The Phoenix Bird at the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires.
All her concertos have been programmed in 2019. Her Concerto en Blanco y Negro, for piano and string orchestra in Bogotá, with Orquesta Filharmonica de Bogotá and in Buenos Aires in a monographic concert programmed by Mozarteum Argentina, Luces y Sombras ( guitar concerto) in Buenos Aires and Córdoba Argentina, Valencia and Liverpool, Concierto for violin and orchestra in Salta, Argentina, and Mágica y Misteriosa ( harp concerto) in Buenos Aires, Italy, and USA.
During 2017 Claudia Montero´s works were performed in the USA, Switzerland, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Serbia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Russia, Germany, Austria, S Korea, Estonia, France, China and Canada among others. During 2018 her compositions were performed more than 60 times worldwide.
She has released 7 CD recordings. ‘Evocaciones’ features the harp; ‘Sonidos de Mujer’ features the guitar; ‘Ausencias’ and ‘Irremediablemente Buenos Aires’ both won Grammy awards; and ‘Luminosa’ features the piano concerto Blanco y Negro performed by Allison Brewster Franzetti and the City of Prague Philharmonic. The CD Homage to Tarrega with Guitarist Piero Bonaguri ( Italy) and her Latin Grammy Winning CD Magica y Misteriosa (Magic and Mystery) - concertos for Guitar and Harp with María Isabel Siewers ( guitar) and Floraleda Sacchi ( harp) with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra led by Lucía Zicos were released in 2018.
Claudia is a member of the International Alliance of Women in Music , the Latin Recording Academy and the Recording Academy of the USA. She is frequently invited as a composer and lecturer to festivals such as the Cagliari International Music Festival in Italy and the Festival Internacional de la Habana in Cuba. She has participated as a composer at many conferences.
She studied pedagogy and composition at the Conservatorio Alberto Ginastera in Buenos Aires, then studied Aesthetic and Musical Creativity at the Universidad de Valencia. She recently retired from the Professorship body with the Generalitat Valenciana to devote herself full time to composition.