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Carlos Montoya

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Carlos Montoya was a prominent Flamenco guitarist. Born: 13 December 1903 in Madrid, Spain; Died: 3 March 1993 in Wainscott, New York

Carlos Montoya, Flamenco Guitarist
Carlos Montoya

Montoya, probably more than anyone, elevated the art of Flamenco from the café cantantés of Madrid to the well-respected concert halls across the world. The nephew of Ramón Montoya, he started accompanying dancers and singers at the age of 14.

In the 1920's and 1930's he performed extensively in Europe, North America, and Asia. The outbreak of World War II brought him to the United States where he toured with the dancer La Argentina. Settling in New York City, he began touring on his own, bringing his fiery style to concert halls and orchestras.Template:Musician-stub

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