Diego Montes studied composition with César Franchisena in Córdoba (Argentina), conducting with Guy van Waas in Brussels and singing with Dirk Schärfeld in Germany. This Argentinian musician is considered as an outstanding clarinetist distributing his time between both the practice of the so-called original instruments and the New Music. In fact, he was the first clarinetist soloist of the Symphonic Band in the Province of Córdoba until 1984. In his time in Cologne, Diego Montes was a member and main Clarinetist of Concerto Köln from 1988 to 2007. As a result of his professional activity during that period and up to present enjoying over 70 recorded CD’s, he engaged as lead clarinet and soloist in renowned orchestras such as: Les Arts Florissants, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Concert des Nations, Akamus Berlin, Cappella Coloniensis, Musica Antiqua Köln. Also, he has played under the baton of remarkable masters such as Reinhard Goebel, Andreas Spering, Bruno Weil, Jordi Savall, Philippe Herreweghe among others.

As far as New Music field is concerned, Diego Montes is a founding member of the WNC ensemble. In 1998, he founded the Ensemble Artaria Consort, in which he combines both ancient and modern music, traditional music with original instruments and New Music with modern instruments. From 1992 to present, he has also been a member of the Thürmchen Ensemble für Moderne Musik. Along with these ensembles, Diego Montes has performed numerous concert performances and has reached more than 20 recorded CD’s. Particularly, in 1997, he was regarded as an outstanding interpreter of both musical activities in the encyclopedia "Art and Culture in Cologne (Germany) since 1945".

From 2002 to 2007 he has been a teacher of historical clarinet and bass clarinet at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt (Main) and modern clarinet at the Rheinische Musikschule Köln. His personal project as a teacher is based on leading his students towards not only composition but also improvisation. He has therefore worked from 2007 to 2014 at the Internationale Friedensschule in Cologne, and in 2011 he founded his own Music school named Kölner Musikschule which he has run as a director so far. As of 2014 Diego Montes is living between Spain and Germany where he continues his international career.

BIOGRAFIE

Diego Montes studierte in Cordoba, Argentinien, Klarinette und Pädagogik und schloss 1984 sein Studium mit Diplom ab. Anschließend ließ er sich in Köln nieder und studierte an der Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen, wo er seine Ausbildung mit dem Konzertexamen vervollständigte. Er studierte Komposition bei César Franchisena (Cordoba), Dirigat bei Guy van Waas (Brüssel) und Gesang bei Dirk Scherfeld (Köln). In seiner künstlerischen Laufbahn pflegt er sowohl die historische Aufführungspraxis auf originalen Instrumenten wie auch die Neue Musik. Im Bereich der Alten Musik spielte er als erster Klarinettist unter Jordi Savall, Reinhard Goebel, Andreas Spering, Bruno Weil, Philippe Herreweghe… und in wichtigen Orchestern wie Concerto Köln, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, le Concert des Nations, Musica Antiqua Köln.

Im Bereich der Neuen Musik ist Diego Montes Gründungsmitglied des Ensemble WNC. 1998 gründete er das Ensemble Artaria Consort. Seit 1992 ist er Mitglied des Thürmchen Ensemble für Moderne Musik in Köln. In beiden Gebieten wirkt er bei zahlreichen CD-und Rundfunkproduktionen mit. In den Jahren 1997-2006 unterrichtete Diego Montes historische und moderne Klarinette sowie Bassklarinette an der Musikhochschule Frankfurt/Main. Er leitet die Kölner Musikschule, die er gemeinsam mit Bettina Sattler 2011 gründete. Seit 2014 pendelt Diego Montes zwischen Deutschland und Spanien. Er führt seine internationale Karriere fort.