Gonzalo Montaño Peña is a musicologist and researcher who specialises in flamenco. He combines academic training with knowledge of the more intimate and familiar side of flamenco gitano.

As a member of a family of artists, many of whom have made significant contributions to flamenco, he has had the privilege of understanding flamenco gitano musically and philosophically, while also developing a deep knowledge of it both as music and as dance.

A music teacher by profession, he has a master’s degree in musicology and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Seville, where his thesis concerns the contributions made by the Roma people to flamenco.

He previously worked as a music critic and journalist for media specialising in flamenco, and participated in the production of shows and recordings.

In 2014, he worked for the European Commission at the Roma Policy Coordination Unit. At the moment he is an activist for the rights of the Roma people, working at the Fundación Secretariado Gitano in Madrid.