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This conductor as committed as he is precise, as motivated as he is motivating, knows how to mobilize and galvanize all the sections of the Saint-Étienne Symphony

The Madrilenian José Antonio Montaño is considered “among Spain´s orchestra conductors with the highest renown at the moment”, according to the specialized music press. Trained by great masters such as Jesús López Cobos, Evelino Pidò and Pinchas Steinberg, he made name for himself in theaters and auditoriums of international prestige, performing all genres (opera, ballet, symphony and chamber music), and covering an extensive repertoire starting with his first baroque performance until utterly contemporary debuts.

He has conducted many orchestras as the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, l’Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “La Verdi”, l’Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice de Génova, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, l’Orchestra Accademia Teatro alla Scala of Milan, l’Orchestre de l’Opera Royal de Wallonie, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Saint-Étienne, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Orquesta de Extremadura, Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, l’Orchestra Filarmonia Veneta, la Orquesta Escuela de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid (principal conductor 2003-2013), Orquesta de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (principal conductor 2007-2009), among others.

In Spain he has conducted in such renowned national theaters such as Teatro Real, Teatro de la Zarzuela, Teatro Monumental, Teatros del Canal, Fundación Juan March, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid... In Europe, he has conducted in Teatro alla Scala of Milan, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Teatro Valli in Reggio Emilia, Teatro Comunale in Ferrara, Teatro Comunale in Treviso and Palazzo Reale in Naples; in the Opéra Théâtre de St Etienne ( France), in the Alexandrinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg ( Russia), in the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège ( Belgium).

Since 1998, he has been highly active in opera conducting, with a special emphasis on 18th century works. Among many others, we mention these outstanding titles: La vera costanza and Il mondo della luna by F. J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni, D. Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, C. Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, H. Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, J. A. Hasse’s La contadina, G. B. Pergolesi’s La serva padrona, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Il viaggio a Reims by G. Rossini, Don Pasquale and Rita by G. Donizetti, R. , Bellini’s I Puritani, Puccini´s La Bohème, The Little Sweep by B. Britten...

He participated in many festivals such as the Stresa Festival in Italy, the Mozart Festival in La Coruña, Festival Internacional de Santander, Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico in Mérida, Almagro, Ópera de Zamora, Lírico de Real Coliseo Carlos III in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Fifth International Choir Festival in Saint Petersburg, and many others.

He has worked closely with such internationally-renowned directors as Emilio Sagi, Ignacio García, Italo Nunziata, Elio De Capitani, Alessandra Panzavolta, Tomaz Pandur and Tomás Muñoz.

As a composer, Montaño won second prize in the European composition competition Opera J his children’s opera Hamelin City.

His interest and love for historical interpretation saw the light with the creation of La Madrileña, an orchestra of period instruments, with which he has recovered some excellent examples of the repertoire of 18th Century Spain.
The orchestra has been voted by the public to be finalist under “BEST SPANISH ANCIENT MUSIC GROUP” category in the GEMA AWARDS 2017.

Among his latest performances noteworthy is his return to the Teatro Real of Madrid to conduct the opera I Puritani accompanied by Evelino Pidò and the singers Diana Damarau and Javier Camarena and his recent success with the Orchestra Sinfonica de Milano Giuseppe Verdi at the Stresa Festival 2020.




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José Antonio Montaño is a formidable and well-trained musician, a confident and efficient conductor who has absorbed the wisdom of the late maestro Jesús López Cobos and who has continued his training with other excellent conductors. He has a full CV and has conducted renowned orchestras, and has performed in many national and international venues. A few years ago, he founded the orchestra of period instruments La Madrileña and recently helped give birth to a beautiful project directly linked to the religious work of José de Nebra. His group recorded the Office and Mass of the Dead, a masterpiece that debuted in 1758 during the funeral of the Queen of Spain, Bárbara de Braganza. "…" We salute Montaño’s project, which took shape after an enormous work of musicological study and revision and, finally, which offers us this interpretation of the Requiem admirably clean, respectful and adapted. "
Scherzo Magazine. Recording Review. By Mariano Acero Ruilopez

“José Antonio Montaño, conductor and founder of“ La Madrileña ”, has been on the podium of the best orchestras, theaters and festivals in our country and in Europe for twenty years. His repertoire covers practically the entire history of music: from early music to contemporary music. His work on early music was mainly carried by the direction of the orchestra of period instruments "La Madrileña". His contributions to the development of contemporary music include conducting world premieres, such as the one to be performed in the near future with the Milan Symphony Orchestra: a composition by José María Sánchez Verdú.
Opera is another of his great passions, and he aims to direct scenic projects from the Spanish Baroque period at the Teatro de la Zarzuela. Ten years of work at the Teatro Real in Madrid support him as a conductor in the pit. He has also directed numerous productions of the National Ballet of Spain.
Montaño is a versatile musician, with enormous versatility, who also finds time to compose. He has just made his debut with La Madrileña at the National Music Auditorium, and soon his new album, with an unpublished Spanish repertoire, will be available to be listened to ”.

Interview / Melómano Magazine by Lucía Martín-Maestro Verbo 2020

José Antonio Montaño returns to the Stresa Festival in Italy to conduct the Milan Symphony Orchestra, where he will share the bill with artists such as Gianandrea Noseda, András Schiff and Javier Perianes.
Maestro Montaño made his 2019 debut at the prestigious Italian Festival of Stresa with the world premiere of The Fall of the Usher House by José M. Sánchez-Verdú with great success. On this occasion, Montaño will direct the program Double face per Carmen with original music by Timothy Brock for the silent films Carmen (1915) by Cecil B. DeMille and A Burlesque on Carmen (1915) by Charles Chaplin.
This return to Italy places Maestro Montaño at the helm of the Milan Symphony Orchestra, “La Verdi”, for the fifth consecutive year, making him one of the most sought-after conductors of this important Italian phalanx. The meeting will take place on August 31, 2020 at the Palacio de Congresos in Stresa.
Opera World - (07-07-2020)


“The recitatives accompanied on the harpsichord, the use of baroque timpani in the orchestra gives all its brilliance to this virtuoso Mozartian writing. The orchestra, under the flexible and ample direction of the young conductor José Antonio Montaño, masterfully performed this work, which was widely applauded yesterday at the premiere at the Grand Théâtre Massenet. ”
Martine Goubatian (14-03-2011)ño-Haydn

“Finally we must praise the direction of young Spanish chef José Antonio Montano. In a non-baroque design, it particularly emphasizes the refinements of the orchestration and knows how to set the rhythm and the lighting that suit. The Orchester Symphonique de Saint-Étienne, whose performance in a repertoire that is not the one it usually performs, must be noted, follows it to perfection. "
ODB Opé (13-05-2011)é-Antonio-Montaño-la-vera-costanza

"Struck with the seal of youth, the cast, from which the mezzo Federica Carnevale (Rosina), the tenor Cosimo Panozzo (Ernesto) and the tenor Enea Scala (Errico) stand out, offers a beautiful homogeneity, especially in the together, it is true coordinated, stimulated, tamed by the very young direction of MaestroJosé Montaño. Better still, this conductor as committed as he is precise, as motivated as he is motivating, knows how to mobilize and galvanize all the sections of the Saint-Étienne Symphony Orchestra, in great shape. »

Gérard Corneloup (13-05-2011) Véritable

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