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As one of the leading flamenco and classical guitarists/composers of his generation, Adam del Monte has made it his mission to fully express himself in these two genres, transcending labels and convention.
Since winning First Prize in the 1997 Stotsenberg Classical Guitar Competition, del Monte has toured all over the US, England, France, Switzerland, Israel, Spain, Brazil and Argentina. He has also appeared on some of Los Angeles’ most storied stages, including Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Ford Theater, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Wilshire Ebell Theater.
As a soloist, del Monte has performed Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pacific Symphony. He premiered his first flamenco guitar concerto in Jordan Hall with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in 1999. Del Monte was also the flamenco guitar soloist in Osvaldo Golijov’s double-Grammy-winning opera Ainadamar, which was recorded in 2006 for Deutsche Grammophon. In the past five years, he has performed this work with the Chicago Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, BBC Symphony and others in venues including Lincoln Center, London’s Barbican Centre and the Festival de Granada, Spain.
Del Monte has been a faculty member of the studio guitar department at USC’s Flora L. Thornton School of Music since 2002. He plays flamenco and classical guitars made by Francisco Manuel Diaz, Hans Pukke and Boaz Elkayam.