Acknowledged worldwide as a rare talent in flamenco and classical guitar genres, Adam del Monte transcends labeling and convention as a performer and composer in both genres. He incorporates a wide array of musical styles in his compositions for a unique sound and language of flamenco that is steeped in tradition and also progressive in its openness to musical flavors from around the world.
He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon as featured flamenco guitar for the double Grammy Award–winning opera Ainadamar (2006) by Osvaldo Golijov, with soprano Dawn Upshaw and the Atlanta Symphony, led by Robert Spano. Since then he’s been invited and continues to travel extensively around the world to perform at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Barbican Center London, and Chicago Symphony’s Symphony Hall among many others. He recorded a feature song as the on-screen hands in the movie Wanderlust (2012). Other movie music credits include features in Knight and Day (2010), Toy Story 3 (2010, with music by Randy Newman), and Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005), featuring the music of John Powell. He recorded the solo guitar version of “Avner’s Theme” for John Williams’ soundtrack to Munich (2005). Del Monte also composed the music for the short film Soledad, which won the Hollywood Film Festival Award in 1998.
Del Monte recently debuted his second flamenco guitar concerto, Paisajes, commissioned by the Santa Monica Symphony, in Los Angeles. His first flamenco guitar concerto, Ensueño Flamenco, was premiered in Boston by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He was commissioned by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet to compose a progressive flamenco piece, Cambio de Aire. He has collaborated with Yusef Lateef and the Atlanta Symphony, under the baton of Yoel Levy, at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. In 2008, he performed his flamenco concerto, Ensueño Flamenco, and Concierto de Aranjuez in Israel with conductor Nir Kabaretti, celebrating the union of the classical and flamenco guitar.
He studied both classical guitar and flamenco in Spain, Israel, and England—training with such famed Gypsy performers as Pepe “Habichuela,” Paco Cortez, “Niño” Miguel, and Gerardo Nuñez. His classical guitar teachers were Menashe Baquiche in Israel, and Gordon Crosskey at the Chethams School of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. At age 19, del Monte began his professional career by collaborating with legendary flamenco singer Enrique Morente and the Madrid Symphony Orchestra at the Teatro Real in Madrid. In 1992, he was invited to perform in the 500th anniversary of Columbus celebrations in Paris and Madrid.
Del Monte joined the studio/jazz guitar department at the USC Thornton School of Music in 2000, and teaches flamenco and classical guitar.