The Argentine composer Claudia montero, based in Valencia since the beginning of the new century, died this afternoon. He was 58 years old and the causes of his death have not yet been determined.
Claudia had left Argentina in 2002. She left with a bachelor’s degree under her arm and the desire to improve herself in Europe. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Musical Aesthetics and Creativity at the University of Valencia and worked as a teacher in the Composition area of the Salvador Seguí Superior Conservatory of Music in Castellón. Further, During the last decade he dedicated himself to composition, which allowed him to obtain four Latin Grammy Awards. Best Contemporary Classical Composition – By Luces y Sombras, concert for guitar and string orchestra and Best Classical Album (2018) for Magical and Mysterious (both in 2018); Best Contemporary Classical Composition (2016): by Quartet for Buenos Aires; and Best Contemporary Classical Composition (2014): by Violin Concerto.
Over the years, his work was increasingly oriented towards tango landscapes. “I define myself as an urban romantic with an absolute respect for musical forms. I have a lot of devotion to form and balance and harmonic and melodic issues. I don’t deviate from the parameters. But my identity is from Buenos Aires; I have it in my DNA – said to THE NATION in 2018, hours after receiving the fourth statuette of the Latin Grammy-. I write with the same gestures since 1993. They are the same because there is an identity that remains. What I do is transfer it to different instrumental formations. The last Latin Grammy as a composer closes a corpus of an investigation between the instruments of the string orchestra “, he completed.
The president of the Palau de la Música, Gloria Tello, the director of the Palau, Vicent Ros, the head of the Orquesta de Valéncia, Ramón Tebar and the teachers of the Valencian symphonic group have lamented his “sudden death” in a statement.
The Valencian auditorium will dedicate to him the subscription concert of the Orquesta de Valéncia, on February 26, which will be conducted by Ramón Tebar, with the presence of the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. Montero was the composer in residence for the Valencian auditorium in the 2020/21 season.
The Palau de la Música explained that the artist “was preparing with great enthusiasm the third edition of the Young Composers Program, organized by the Palau de la Música this season, where she would work with eight young creators and the Valencia Orchestra.” This residency also contemplated the composition of a work to be premiered with the Orquesta de Valéncia in the 2021/22 season. His previous Grammy award-winning works had also been released in Valencia.