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DEL MONTE, ADAM
First Prize Winner at the 1997 Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competion, del Monte studied flamenco and classical guitar in Spain, Israel, and England. Beginning with his father, flamenco artist Dino del Monte, he continued his training with such famed gypsy performers as Pepe Habichuela, Paco Cortez, Nino Miguel, and Gerardo Nunez. His classical guitar teachers were Menasche Baquiche in Israel, and Gordon Crosskey at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.

He has appeared as both a solo artist and group performer (with his wife, acclaimed flamenco dancer, Laila del Monte) in major venues and festivals such as the Mark Taper Forum and Wilshire Theater in Los Angeles; 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; the 1996 GFA Festival in St. Louis, and La Jolla in 1997; 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 and inspired by the younger generation of flamenco performers who were beginning to depart from the previous virtual space of Spanish flamenco. He also, 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.

His debut flamenco CD Viaje a Un Nuevo Mundo (Journey to a New World) has recently been released (1998) by the Spanish label Sonifolk.

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He is an innovator&in a style of music that traditionally has a restrictive framework.  Jaleo Magazine

The playing of Adam del Monte achieved a special mastery in a Tarantas full of moody alternations between emotional turbulence and rapid filigree, a Bulerias compelling for the rhythmic sophistication of its jazz-tinged scamperings and a performance of Albenizs Cordoba ravishing in its heartfelt simplicity and rich tone.  Lewis Segal, Los Angeles Times

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