Duo Montes-Kircher

Classical Guitar December 2009

25 years of Duetting by Colin Cooper

I first interviewed you in Inverness, during Chris Kilvington’s first festival there. That was more than 20 years ago. Now you are celebrating your 25-year existence as a guitar duo. Looking back, what have been the highlights?

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The Montes/ Kircher guitar Duo

A twentieth anniversary interview by Steve Marsh

Classical Guitar August 2004

In November last year I was invited to spend a few days with the Alfonso Montes/ Irina Kircher Guitar Duo at their home in Stuttgart to interview them about their 20 years as one of the top guitar duos. The interview was conducted during meals, strolling through the black forest, walking around Stuttgart in the evening and relaxing late into the night. Topics discussed ranged from the political situation in Venezuela, their diplomatic service and their roles in the Stuttgart School of Music through to their concert careers , Alfonso’s appearance on John Williams’s Venezuelan Guitar Music CD, Irina solo works and the duo’s recordings and future projects.

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An interdependent relationship

The Montes-Kircher Duo in conversation with Colin Cooper

Classical Guitar March 1990

How do two guitarist become a good duo? Alfonso Montes and Irina Kircher are very good soloists in their own right; together they make a very good duo. It doesn’t always happen. They are married to each other, which may help. But there is something there, something indefinable which gives an extra dimension to their playing.

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