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Stars of the Festival

Miguel Ángel Cortés

Miguel Ángel Cortés

Miguel Ángel Cortés was born on January 26, 1972 in Granada, Spain.

He entered the world of flamenco thanks to La Zambra del Sacromonte at the age of eight.

In 1986, he toured throughout Europe, Japan and the United States, accompanying great dance figures such as Mariquilla, Manolete, Javier Barón, Antonio Canales, Juan Ramírez, Beatriz Martín, Eva La Yerbabuena and Juan Andrés Maya.

In 1991 he began, along with his brother Paco Cortés, to accompany the singer Carmen Linares on her various tours of the Middle East, Europe and Japan.

In 1994 he obtained the Second Prize in the "Paco de Lucía Guitar Competition"; two years later he became a finalist in the "Young Values Prize" at the Seville Flamenco Biennial.

In 1996 he collaborated on the recording with the singer Enrique Morente and the group Lagartija Nick on the CD-album “Omega”.

In 1998 his first solo album “Patriarca” was released, with which he received a mention in the sention Flamenco Fusion, in the II Edition of the Andalusian Music Awards (AEDA), in October 2001 in Jerez.

In 2005, he collaborated in the recording of the disc and DVD “El principio del comienzo”/ "The beginning of the beginning", by Antonio Orozco.

He has collaborated with well-known artists such as Luz Casal, Estrella Morente, Diana Navarro, Carmen Linares, Enrique Morente, Miguel Poveda, Chano Lobato, José Mercé, José de La Tomasa, Chiquetete and El Pele among others.

He appears on the DVD “Casa, Cueva y Escenario” by Estrella Morente as a guest artist; as well as in the live presentation of the show “Pastora 1922” in Granada.

He is the habitual guitarist of the cantaora Esperanza Fernández and the cantaor Arcángel. “Bordón de Trapo” is his second solo album produced by Gerardo Núñez with the collaborations of Carmen Linares, Esperanza Fernández and Arcángel.

In 2007 he obtained the Deflamenco.com Prize for the best guitar album with “Bordón de Trapo”.

In September 2008 he participated as a guest artist in the Inaugural Gala of the Seville Flamenco Biennial, in Manolo Sanlúcar´s show “Tu oído es más viejo que tu abuelo”/ “Your ear is older than your grandfather”.

His third solo work came out in 2013.Its name is “El calvario de un genio” /"The Calvary of a Genius", where Miguel Ángel paid tribute to the poet Federico García Lorca. His artistic maturity and personality while playing the guitar are highly appreciated in this work.

In 2014 at the Seville Flamenco Biennial he premiered the show “Lo Cortés no quita lo Gallardo” in the company of classical guitarist José María Gallardo. Then they were touring on different festivals (both classical and flamenco) in Europe.

Although his work as a soloist is admirable, his role as guitarist accompanying cante places Miguel Angel as one of the current important figures of flamenco.

FLAMENCO HOY AWARD 2011. Best accompaniment guitar.

GIRALDILLO Best accompaniment guitar AWARD 2015.

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