Portrait of Elena Ortega, winner of InterContinental Music Awards 2023, posing for their award

Elena Ortega

InterContinental Music Awards Winner

2023 – Best Instrumentalist

Elena Ortega’s first encounter with the guitar was in Madrid where she was born and where she completed her studies. After graduating from the Madrid Royal Higher Conservatory of Music she completed a Master’s degree in Interpretation of the Classical Guitar in Seville. Later, inspired by a profound admiration for the Spanish repertoire and its affinity with music of popular origin she studied a Master’s degree in Soloist Interpretation of Spanish Music at the Katarina Gurska Higher School of Music in Madrid. Among others, she studied under David Russell, Leo Brouwer, Manuel Barrueco, Pepe Romero, Iliana Matos, Àlex Garrobé, Laura Verdugo del Rey, Gabriel Estarellas, Zoran Dukic, Francisco Bernier and Ricardo Gallén.

Her many solo performances in such renowned concert halls as the CentroCentro Cibeles, the Círculo de Bellas Artes, the Ateneo de Madrid or the Pabellón de Juventudes Musicales of Sevilla have always been resoundingly successful. She has also taken part in series such as ‘Sonidos del Alcázar’ in Seville, the International Guitar Festival “Andrés Segovia”, held in Madrid, the Mediterranean Guitar Festival in Barcelona or the Hanoi International Guitar Festival In Vietnam.

Elena is lead guitarrist with the Orquesta de Guitarras de Madrid and has performed as soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Getafe and with the Orquesta Athanor in Split (Croatia) where she interpreted the Concierto de Aranjuez.