composer, guitar

First Prize winner at the 1997 Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition, Adam del Monte studied flamenco and classical guitar in Spain, Israel, and England. Beginning with his father, flamenco artist Dino del Monte, Adam continued his training with such famed Gypsy performers as Pepe "Habichuela," Paco Cortez, Nono Miguel, and Gerardo Nunez. His classical guitar teachers were Menashe Baquiche in Israel and Gordon Crosskey at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England. He has also appeared as both a solo artist and group performer (with his wife, acclaimed flamenco dancer Laila del Monte) in major venues such as Los Angeles's Mark Taper forum and the Wilshire Theater; the Teatro Real and the Conde Duque in Madrid; Manuel de Falla Auditorium in Granada; New Mexico St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe; the International guitar festival in Israel, GFA in St. Louis (1996); GFA in La Jolla (1997); and the 500th anniversary of Columbus celebrations in Paris and Madrid. Del Monte has also performed with flamenco singer Enrique Morente and the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, as well as with Lole' y Manuel.

Del Monte was both influenced by and inspired the younger generation of flamenco performers who were beginning to depart from the precious virtual space of Spanish flamenco. Del Monte, too, set out in new directions, integrating years of traditional and leading-edge flamenco training as well as expanding his musicianship on the classical guitar. An eclectic awareness of jazz, world music and other contemporary forms led to new, creative renditions of flamenco repertoire.


Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory | February 12, 1999