Jacob Cordover, soloist
Currently residing in Barcelona, Spain and enjoying a truly international career as both a concert and recording artist, Jacob Cordover “impresses with his intuitive musicianship and impeccable technique” (Leicester Mercury, UK). His “consummate artistry” (Adelaide Advertiser, Australia) has enticed audiences in over a dozen countries across four continents.
Mr. Cordover has appeared as soloist with the Las Colinas Symphony, the Arlington Symphony, the Garland Symphony, the Orquestra Simfònica de Balears “Ciutat de Palma” and the Orchestra dell’Accademia “l’Ottocento”, and his performances have “demonstrated how much poetry and feeling can be obtained from the guitar in the hands of master musicians such as Jacob Cordover.” (The Mercury, Australia).
As a recording artist, Mr. Cordover has released three solo CDs to much critical acclaim; his most recent solo release Expresivo (Cala Records, 2016) contains some of the most well-loved and well-know Spanish and Latin American works for guitar alongside arrangements of popular songs and works from the world of jazz. Included in the Critic’s Choice Best of 2016 from the American Record Guide, Expresivo came highly recommended - "Even if you already have these pieces in other performances, Cordover’s have such a distinct and attractive personality that it will be worth finding."
Whilst performing repertoire from a wide range of music periods, his enthusiasm for contemporary music has brought about a number of world premieres, and a strong interest in the application of appropriate performance practice of 19th-century music has led to numerous performances of this repertoire on a variety of period guitars.
Jacob plays guitars by Greg Smallman & Sons (2006), Elias Bonet Monné (2015) and the Famiglia Vinaccia (1915).
Jacob exclusively uses Knobloch Strings.
To read more about Jacob, please click on the link below for his full biography.
What the Press Says:
"He has it all—technique, musicianship, inventive programming ... Even if you already have these pieces in other performances, Cordover’s have such a distinct and attractive personality that it will be worth finding."
- American Record Guide (Nov/Dec 2016)
"Cordover is masterful in bringing out all the flavours here ... Cordover displays his broad musical interests on this album and the integrity with which he approaches each diverse piece is a feature. So there is something very personal in his playing. One understands his commitment to each writer’s musical intent."
- Mandy Stefanakis, Music Trust (April 1, 2016)
"His technique is flawless, his expression tasteful and always interesting and moving. This is simply the finest performance of Walton's Bagatelles I've encountered"
- American Record Guide, Jan/Feb 2014
"His interpretation of the Bach suite is one of the finest I have heard to date with superb phrasing and total mastery of the technicalities involved in playing this difficult composition."
- Classical Guitar Magazine, January 2014
"Throughout it is obvious that Cordover has considered every nuance and phrase in the chosen programme. It would be difficult to imagine finer musical performances … There is nothing superficial about the playing on this disc; Cordover plays with total assurance and an understanding of the demands of the programme; with each new track he brings colour and clarity to the music which often lacking in other performances . This is a recording to savour and one I can thoroughly recommend."
- Classical Guitar Magazine, January 2014
"His performances can stand comparison with the best ... The recording is nearly a decade old, but even then Cordover displayed the highest levels of musicianship. It is a treasure to hear."
- American Record Guide, July/Aug 2014
"Thank you for playing my piece with such elegance and sensitivity and colouring it in ways I could never have imagined."
- Ross Edwards, composer (September 2013)
"consummate artistry, dazing technique ... aficionados rejoiced in the return of Cordover”
- Adelaide Advertiser, Australia, September 2010
“[This performance] demonstrated how much poetry and feeling can be obtained from the guitar in the hands of master musicians such as Jacob Cordover ... superbly played” - The Mercury, Australia, April 2009
“A seductive performance presented by Australian guitarist Jacob Cordover, whose delicate tone and sensitive interpretations invited my ears to experience the technical strength and accuracy of his playing;”
- John Davis CEO, Australian Music Centre April, 2008
“…a complete joy to listen to throughout, Cordover managing to get to the very soul of this striking and brilliant music.”
- Classical Guitar Magazine (UK), March 2007
“Cordover’s playing is extremely fluid; there’s no question about his technical abilities.”
- Raymond Tuttle, Classical Net, 2006
“Jacob Cordover…impresses with his intuitive musicianship and impeccable technique.”
- Leicester Mercury, October, 2005