Margarita Montero Inclan
(August 27, 1903-April 11, 1993)
Mrs. Margarita Montero Inclan was born 27 August 1903 in Havana, Cuba to a musical family. Her early instructors were Señora Ardors and Arnelia Conti. She later traveled to Philadelphia, PA to study with Edna Phillips and Camden, NJ to study with Carlos Salzedo.
For twenty years, Margarita was Principal Harpist of La Filarmonica de Havana and for many concurrent years principal harp of Pro-Arte Musical and L Orquesta de Grand Teatro de Havana.
One day in 1961, Margarita (in her late 50s) went to a morning rehearsal of La Filarmonica, called in sick during the lunch break, and with her husband Aguilino boarded a plane for Miami. She left behind everything, including her harps and music.
Margarita was able to continue her harp career in Florida. She performed with orchestras all over the state. She also established harp programs at Miami Senior Hight School, Miami-Dade Community College, and Florida International University. Margarita arranged numerous pieces for harp ensemble, was a beloved teacher, "abuela", and friend.