Anabel Montesinos, the youngest winner (at the age of 17 years old) of the Francisco Tárrega International Guitar Competition in Spain, is a leader figure on the classical guitar worldwide. As Winner of more than 10 first prizes in major guitar contests like the Michele Pittaluga, Citá di Alessandria, in Italy, the Julián Arcas, in Spain, the Raifeisenwettbewerb in Salzburg, Austria, among others, Anabel Montesinos has performed concerts all around the world, made her Debut at the Carnegie Hall in the year 2011, she has played Concierto de Aranjuez by J. Rodrigo in Postdam “open air concerts”, Berlin, for more than 4000 people, and performed with orchestras like the Philharmonic of Turin-Italy, Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra-Venezuela, Philharmonic of Oulu- Finland, Havana Philharmonic-Cuba, Philharmonic of Moscow-Russia, etc.
She is also a Honor Citizen of the city of Solero, in Italy. In the year 2011 she won “Premio Chitarra D’Oro” as promising young talent and acknowledge of her artistic activities, at the Convegno Internazionale di Chitarra, in Alessandria. Anabel Montesinos has recorded for the label Naxos, and her first CD was chosen as a part of the music program for intercontinental flights by the British Airways. Her albums have been praised by the international press highlighting the beauty, freshness and virtuosity of her interpretations. She has shared a concert poster with Paco de Lucía, presenting "the other side of Spanish music" with a resounding success.
Her tour in 2019 finished with the performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen for orchestra, choir and guitar, a selection of songs from the rock band which was praised with outstanding ovation. She plays on a Steve Connor guitar and is a Savarez Artist.
“Tòca como un àngel”
“Carlotta Dalia, represents with her art the excellence of a tradition – the Italian one – that flies very high, preparing to become a world protagonist of the art of guitar”.
Maestro Angelo Gilardino, Suonare News
“…Carlotta Dalia est une guitariste très prometteuse, et incontestablement une digne héritière d’Ida Presti…”
Guitare Classique Magazine
Carlotta Dalia was born on 25 August 1999 in Grosseto.
She began studying classical guitar at the age of 8 with M° Alessandro Benedettelli, continuing her studies under the guidance of M° Aniello Desiderio, M° Carlo Marchione and Mº Giampaolo Bandini.
In 2017, she obtained the Diploma of Merit by attending M° Oscar Ghiglia’s courses at the prestigious Accademia Chigiana in Siena.
Carlotta is currently studying in Laura Young’s class at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She gave her first solo recital at the age of 12 and has performed in Festivals and Concert Seasons in Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Sweden, Russia, Ireland, Switzerland and Japan etc..
At the age of 16 she recorded her first CD, entitled “Gran Solo”, presented at the radio studios of Radio Vaticana, in the program “L’arpeggio” conducted by Luigi Picardi and then published in the most important world stores of online distribution by the DotGuitar/CD record label. In 2018 he released his second record for the music magazine “Suonare News”. In 2020 she recorded two new recording projects, for DotGuitar/CD, “Angelus” and “Ida Presti complete solo guitar music” which will also be attached to and distributed by GuitArt magazine during 2021. The CD “Angelus” takes its name from the Sonatina in three movements dedicated to her by Maestro Gilardino in August 2017. In 2021 the record label DotGuitar/CD will name a series after her, the Carlotta Dalia Edition, containing 3 CDs. She has been a guest on radio stations such as Rai Radio3, La radio della Svizzera Italiana, il Sole24Ore. She took part in Sergio Assad’s project entitled “The Wall”, with artists of the calibre of Yo-Yo Ma.
Since the beginning of her artistic career, she has won more than 40 prizes in national and international competitions including:
1st Prize and Audience Award – International Competition “Uppsala Guitar Competition”, Sweden
1st Prize, Special Prize for the best Italian performer and Special Prize for the best interpretation of a piece by Leo Brouwer – International Competition International Competition “Niccolò Paganini”, Parma
1st Prize at the International Altamira Guitar Competition – Hong Kong, China
1st Prize at the International Florida Guitar Competition – Miami, USA
3rd Prize – 61st International Tokyo Guitar Competition, Tokyo, Japan
3rd Prize – International Competition “Alexander Frauchii” – Moscow, Russia.
1st Prize at the Concurso International de Guitarra de Madrid.
Carlotta plays guitars by luthier Andrea Tacchi and from 2021 she is member of Si-Yo Music Foundation in New York.
Since 2016 she is a D’Addario Artist
The “Santiago de Cecilia” guitar workshop was created in 2003 by María Cecilia Saenz Rols and Juan Santiago Canals after studying and working in different guitar workshops where they learn the trade. In our workshop we try to reflect the search and needs of the guitarist by building classical concert guitars, made and varnished by hand using traditional lutheria techniques. Currently the workshop is located within the Poble Espanyol de Barcelona...."The construction of a Concert Guitar consists of elaborating a chain of procedures where an objective is always present, it is the sound objective that leads us to develop different types of research to obtain our result, where each organic part of the instrument will form a consistent whole with the personal search and the one that disturbs and moves the guitarist, that is why it is necessary to unite and dialogue between these two trades, where both are enriched, guitarist and guitar player