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Dec
13

Here are the Duo Montes Kircher again, this time playing A Seven Story by Øyvind Lyslo on guitars by Teodoro Perez and his son Sergio Perez.

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Dec
09

Here’s Alfonso Montes – the other half of Duo Montes Kircher – playing his composition Preludio de Adios on a gorgeous 1971 Ignacio Fleta in cedar and Indian rosewood. This Fleta is a perfect example of the maker’s great cedar period guitars, and Preludio de Adios shows it off beautifully.

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Nov
29

We were thrilled to have the Duo Montes Kircher stop by the showroom earlier this year to record some videos for us. Husband and wife Alfonso Montes and Irina Montes have been playing as a duo since 1984, and you can hear more about them here in their interview for Scott Wolf’s All Strings Considered podcast. Here they play Montes’ piece Bambuco on a pair of La Cañada 115 and 115A guitars – both based on Torres SE 115, with one in an antiqued look and the other in a clean French polish.

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Jul
04

TISHMAN AUDITORIUM
At University Center
63 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street

Duo Montes – Kircher (Alfonso Montes & Irina Kircher) will perform music by Sojo, Hand, Montes, Stewart, Lauro, Warnecke and many others.

For concert tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guitar-concert-new-york-guitar-seminar-at-mannes-duo-montes-kircher-tickets-25237588306?aff=erelpanelorg

May
14

NOTE: iTunes was having some trouble updating the podcast or the last few weeks but that issue seems to be resolved now.

In the latest All Strings Considered podcast Scott Wolf talks with Alfonso Montes and Irina Kircher of the Duo Montes Kircher.

“Duo Montes-Kircher consists of husband and wife pair, Alfonso Montes and Irina Kircher, who have been playing together as a professional guitar duo since 1984. Their long list of recordings often serve to commemorate their long history together, several of their CDs are actually subtitled with that year’s anniversary, three of which are their 10th, 20th, and 30th.

On today’s show you’ll hear about their somewhat unorthodox rehearsal style, several of Alfonso’s compositions, about their time studying with Venezuelan legend Antonio Lauro, and about their interesting choice to quit university-level teaching in favor of a more youth oriented approach. You’ll also hear about Montes’s time as a Venezuelan diplomat, and even how Kircher had to fail the L.A. philharmonic’s very own musical director and conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, and in chamber music no less!”

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the ‘Media’ menu (at the top of our site) and choosing ‘podcast’ or you can subscribe or listen on iTunes by clicking here.

Dec
04

Here’s Irina Kircher of the Duo Montes Kircher (among many other accomplishments) playing Antonio Lauro’s Nelly on a beautiful 1994 Manuel Velzquez guitar in spruce and CSA rosewood.

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Nov
13

Guitar Passion: The Guitar in Australia in 2017
Vladimir Gorbach and Tim Kain in Interview with Josinaldo Costa

Sydney is preparing for the inaugural Classical Guitar Festival – Sydney (Directed by Eric Cathan), the first iteration of an exclusively classical guitar festival in town. Being myself a recent arrival in Australia, it has been a wonderful experience to be welcomed into a such an enthusiastic environment for the guitar. It has also been an experience of discovery of a mature guitar community still displaying youthful energy and potential for growth. As the festival dates near, I sat with two great names in guitar in the country to talk about their experiences. Vladimir Gorbach, recently appointed to lead the guitar program at the Sydney Conservatorium; and Tim Kain, whose successes teaching for 30 years at the Australian National University are only overshadowed by his remarkable performing career.

The Classical Guitar Festival – Sydney will take place on Nov 16-19 2017 at the Sydney Opera House and the Mosman Art Gallery. Tickets and more information at: www.classicalguitarfestival.sydney

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Jan
03

16 concerts600 individual lessonsguitar ensembleslecturesexhibitionsYogaphysiotherapygreat foodfantastic accomodation

Master classes, lectures, exhibitions and concerts by:

The Assad Brothers, Jorge Caballero, Danielle Cumming, Campbell Diamond, Gerald Garcia, Thibaut Garcia, Frank Gerstmeier, Bruce Holzman, Hans-Werner Huppertz, Simone Ianarelli, Vinicius Jacomin, Tom Johnson, Kuang Junhong, Dale Kavanagh, Winy Kellner, Thomas Kirchhoff, Leon Koudelak, Anna Likhacheva, Lukasz Kuropaczewski, Anabel Montesinos, David Mozqueda, Yifei Pei, Gillian Omalyev, Krzysztof Pelech, Alvaro Pierri, Pepe Romero, Ulrich Stracke, Marco Tamayo, Andrea de Vitis, Bao Xu, Laura Young.

Infos and application at http://www.guitarsymposium.com

Cost range: 250 Euros to 625 Euros (all included).

Jan
03

16 concerts600 individual lessonsguitar ensembleslecturesexhibitionsYogaphysiotherapygreat foodfantastic accomodation

Master classes, lectures, exhibitions and concerts by:

The Assad Brothers, Jorge Caballero, Danielle Cumming, Campbell Diamond, Gerald Garcia, Thibaut Garcia, Frank Gerstmeier, Bruce Holzman, Hans-Werner Huppertz, Simone Ianarelli, Vinicius Jacomin, Tom Johnson, Kuang Junhong, Dale Kavanagh, Winy Kellner, Thomas Kirchhoff, Leon Koudelak, Anna Likhacheva, Lukasz Kuropaczewski, Anabel Montesinos, David Mozqueda, Yifei Pei, Gillian Omalyev, Krzysztof Pelech, Alvaro Pierri, Pepe Romero, Ulrich Stracke, Marco Tamayo, Andrea de Vitis, Bao Xu, Laura Young.

Infos and application at http://www.guitarsymposium.com

Cost range: 250 Euros to 625 Euros (all included).

Jan
03

16 concerts600 individual lessonsguitar ensembleslecturesexhibitionsYogaphysiotherapygreat foodfantastic accomodation

Master classes, lectures, exhibitions and concerts by:

The Assad Brothers, Jorge Caballero, Danielle Cumming, Campbell Diamond, Gerald Garcia, Thibaut Garcia, Frank Gerstmeier, Bruce Holzman, Hans-Werner Huppertz, Simone Ianarelli, Vinicius Jacomin, Tom Johnson, Kuang Junhong, Dale Kavanagh, Winy Kellner, Thomas Kirchhoff, Leon Koudelak, Anna Likhacheva, Lukasz Kuropaczewski, Anabel Montesinos, David Mozqueda, Yifei Pei, Gillian Omalyev, Krzysztof Pelech, Alvaro Pierri, Pepe Romero, Ulrich Stracke, Marco Tamayo, Andrea de Vitis, Bao Xu, Laura Young.

Infos and application at http://www.guitarsymposium.com

Cost range: 250 Euros to 625 Euros (all included).