Professional flamenco and classical guitarist, his work as a musical director, composer and arranger has led him to perform in diverse projects ranging from flamenco, in its variety of expressions, to Latin American music, electronic music, classical music, world music, belly dance and jazz among others. He has been recognized with several awards as a guitarist and composer among which we can mention:
First national classical guitar prize sponsored by the Cultural Center of Spain (Costa Rica).
First Prize for best international concert guitarist Niño Ricardo competition (Spain).
First Prize for best concert guitarist and “cante” accompaniment Sabicas competition (Spain).
First prize A.I.E., society of artists, performers and composers (Spain).
First prize for the best musical composition for a photo expo (New York/U.S.A).
ACAM Award for his cd "SOLO" as best intrumental proyect of the year.
Finalist in the Nacional Flamenco Art Competition of Cordoba (Spain).
Second Prize for best concert guitarist and “cante” accompaniment Sabicas (Spain).
Receives great reviews from specialized press being catalogued for "excellence in his compositions" by figures such as Norberto Torres and Manolo Sanlucar. Shares artistic program in different festivals with Niña Pastori, Vicente Amigo, Arcangel, Andy Summers, Pepe Romero, Diego el Cigala and Duo Assad among others. His work has taken him to Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Cuba, Holland, England, Mexico, United States, Ecuador, Russia and Canada where has also excelled as a teacher. Is currently touring across Spain with flamenco singer Raúl Micó for the project "Flamenco en la piel" under the label EMI Music Spain participating in prestigious circuits and festivals such as the Madrid theatres network, network of theatres of Castilla la Mancha, Valencia network of theatres, Cajón Flamenco Festival (Barcelona), G.P.S. (girando por salas), Music of the World Festival in las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Culture tour (Barcelona).
Right now is also promoting and touring with his first recording as a soloist, the album entitled "Solo" produced for the label “La Voz del Flamenco" offering concerts in cities such as Cadiz, Rome, Villena, Wrocław, Prague, Florence, Huelva and Sevilla where was also requested to participate in Paco de Lucia`s memorial concert within figures such as Rafael Riqueni, Pedro Sierra and Manolo Franco. Press has extended him his admiration highlighting his particular ability to interpret and compose a variety of styles with total mastery.
Has been recently also requested by the prestigious concert guitarist and soloist José Antonio Rodríguez to form part of his group.
"His aesthetic taste is very wide, capable to interpret and compose different pieces that might at first seem not related but that are part of his global musical sense. In this new "Solo" work we can hear the musical world in Manuel. Music with capital letters... from flamenco, classical, jazz with Andalusian influence and rescuing composers such as Enrico Panza and Jose Mora, which give roundness to his proposal. A cd to enjoy without labels, only through the senses and taste". José Antonio Rodríguez.
“Highly creative and imaginative, presents a fluid eclecticism that covers with virtuosity and value not only the modern flamenco, but also the classical guitar and latin american guitar, demonstrating an impressive range." Jorge Strunz.
"When I hear a guitar album obviously I want to know where the artist who sings it wants to walk, recording a guitar cd using the Spanish guitar is a real challenge for its uniqueness. The technique should be quasi perfect to run all the techniques required, Arpeggios, thumb (Alzapua), scales (picados), etc. now though after transmitting harmonies that excite and reach the heart, in this installment of the Costa Rican artist Manuel Montero, I see how it meets the objective, since it has succeeded in combining different musical disciplines successfully, it gives us within this album passages of classical guitar as "Asturias", "Recuerdos de la Alhambra", or Flamenco aspects and interpreted in the form of “palos”, like "Alegrias”, "bulerías" and also some notes of flamenco-Jazz - Latin. I hope Manuel could find his path threw the guitar`s world, and for that reason I predict him great successes." Pedro Sierra, guitarist, performer, producer and Flamenco.
"Dynamic and versatile guitarist, his "Solo" album is characterized by encompass of different disciplines demonstrating musical freedom through the 6 strings". "Manuel Montero relies on his imagination and the variety of his touch, taking the famous "hermetic" label and replacing it with personality."This virtuouso and creative artist search goes beyond repeating the stereo types quite established in the flamenco guitar to tint his work with creativity and a remarkable musical expressiveness". "Enjoyable cd for its freshness primarily but mainly for its contribution to a new atmosphere, only sounds, to be listen only, its simply music" Chalaura and Flamenco Galaxy magazines (Madrid).