7:30pm, Thursday, April 12, 2012
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
7:30pm, Saturday, April 14, 2012
SMU Caruth Auditorium
Ricardo Cobo is recognized as one of the world's leading virtuosi of the new classic guitar generation. He made his astonishing debut to American audiences as the first Hispanic ever to win consecutive medals at the Guitar Foundation of America’s Solo International Competition. Born in Cali, Colombia, to a musical family, he began playing at age 8 and studied classical guitar at the Conservatorio Antonio María Valencia. He gave his professional debut with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá at age seventeen on a nationwide telecast for an audience of over nine million.
Ricardo began undergraduate studies at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore with renown pedagogue Aaron Shearer and received his BM from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He received a Master of Music and was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship from Florida State University in Tallahassee where he worked with Bruce Holzman. While completing his Doctorate he won the 9th Alirio Diaz International Solo Competition in Caracas, Venezuela, and thus began touring as a concert and recording artist incessantly throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
Equally in demand as chamber musician, pedagogue and recording artist, Cobo's busy touring schedule has taken him from New York's Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and 92St.Y to Korea's Ho Ham Hall, Los Angeles' Ambassador Auditorium, Madrid's Teatro Real, and Zaragoza's Palacio Real, to Venezuela's Teresa Carreño, and his native Colombia's National Library, among hundreds of others.
Cobo's versatility can be heard in his award-winning solo recordings of classical and children's music (Brouwer Vol.1 on Naxos and Guitar Lullaby on Ellipsis Arts), his orchestral and crossover recordings (Brouwer Concerti , Walking on the Water, and Café 1930 on Angel/Emi), and in hundreds of credits for commercial releases worldwide.
His diverse and innovative programming ranges from solo concerti with orchestra (Rodrigo, Brouwer) to historical chamber settings (Bocherini, Beethoven, Schubert) with, The Shanghai String Quartet, the St Lukes Chamber Orquestra, the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, as well as Tango and Flamenco dance ensembles (Tango Vivo, Ballet Jazz of Montreal) , and Latin and world music concerts with Flutist Alexandra Hawley and Folk virtuoso Alfredo Lopez of “QuetzalCoatl”. His performance of the historic American Premiere of Leo Brouwer's Concerto de Toronto under the composer's own baton with the San Antonio Symphony was called "extrovert, lyrical and rhythmically alive...Cobo's performance was characterized by generosity of spirit, to say nothing of knockout virtuosity," added the San Antonio Express News.
Cobo has been decorated by the Colombian government on numerous occasions, receiving Colombia's "Order of Cañasgordas" and the "Order of Belacazar" for outstanding merit in cultural affairs. He is on the D’Addario Strings Artist roster and is working with Alhambra Guitars to develop unique instruments for young professionals. His newest entry is the “Ricardo Cobo” Classical model.
Ricardo Cobo is director of classical guitar studies at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and is cofounder of the “Guitar Series at UNLV”, now on its eighth season.
RICARDO COBO, Guitar
Los Cuajaritos - Ignacio “El Indio” Figueredo
Duxieme Polonaise - Napoleon Coste (1806-1883)
Dos Valsas (Paschoito) - Dilermando Reis (1916-1977)
-Se Ela Preguntar
Stella Australis - Máximo Diego Pujol (b.1957)
5. Elegía por La Muerte de un Tanguero - Máximo Diego Pujol
Preludio, Son y Alegro - Eduardo Martín
Acrílicos en Asfalto - Eduardo Martín
El Decameron Negro - Leo Brouwer(b. 1939)
-El Arpa del Guerrero
-La Huida De Los amantes por el Valle De Los Ecos
-Balada de La Doncella Enamorada
La Muerte Del Angel - Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Ricardo Cobo appears by special arrangement with Crossovermedia Inc.
Max Horowitz (212) 465-2444 Sefair Artists (702) 498-4000
Recordings: ANGEL/EMI, NAXOS, KOCH, ESSAY, ELLIPSIS ARTS, CAMBRIA, ALANNA