Alfonso Montes was born in Venezuela, in 1955. He began music studies at a very early age. In 1976 he moved to London where he studied with the guitar composer John Duarte. During this time, he obtained the ARCM diploma at the Royal College of Music. He also studied analysis and composition techniques with Adrian Thorne at the Guildhall School of Music. Alfonso comes from the same hometown as the Venezuelan composer Antonio Lauro, with whom he enjoyed a close relationship which surely had a great influence on Alfonso's work. Since 2001 Alfonso has been living in Germany with his wife, Irina Kircher, a noted German guitarist/composer and teacher. Since 1983 both played as Duo Montes-Kircher considered to be one of the leading guitar ensembles of their generation. His output as a composer includes concert and pedagogic music as well as scores for films and theater. Alfonso has played and recorded worldwide with international orchestras, and ensembles and has performed extensively as a soloist.