Hugo Moltó Medina’s classical guitar style favors nuance. Delicate passages are languid and unrushed. His career, on the other hand, is anything but.
Just ten short years after he began studying classical guitar, in 2003, Hugo earned an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall. Everything in between is the story of an extraordinary talent developing at an incredible rate.
The nineteen-year-old guitarist from Dénia, Spain, showed an interest in music at an early age. But it was discovering classical guitar that fortified his musical life. Shortly after entering Dénia’s Conservatory of Music, Hugo began performing throughout Spain and France. This led to his participation at many regional and national competitions, and a glimpse of what was to come.
As his career progressed his travel radius widened to include international competitions. Hugo earned top prizes at the International Guitar Competition XI of Benidorm (first prize, 2009), International Contest VII of Young Performers “Liria City” (first prize, 2011) and International Guitar Competition II “Jijona City” (first prize, 2011), among others.
In August 2013 he won first prize at the International Classical Guitar Competition XVII “Ciudad de Coria,” which included an invitation from the D’Addario Foundation to perform at Carnegie Hall.
Concerts kept Hugo busy, too. In March 2012, accompanied by the Metropolitan Orchestra of Madrid, he performed Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” in the Symphony Hall of Spain’s National Auditorium.
Hugo is currently studying at Spain’s Higher Conservatory of Music, Oscar Esplá, with guitar legend Ignacio Rodés. He also takes master classes from celebrated guitarists Hopkinson Smith, Margarita Escarpment, Carles Trepat, Aniello Desiderio, Marcin Dylla, and others.
His debut CD, “Música y Vida” (“Music and Life”), was released in 2012. It includes eight works from Spain that represent the musical evolution of the guitar.
February’s Carnegie Hall concert will be his US debut.