The Guitar Friends and St. Scholastica’s College present classical guitar artist JACOB CORDOVER with the special participation of THE KABATAANG GITARISTA and EDEL MARK BITAO in a free concert set on Oct. 6, 2016 – Thursday 7:00 pm, St.Cecilia’s Hall, St. Scholastica’s College Manila.
Jacob Cordover will also be conducting a guitar masterclass on Oct. 3 Monday, 3 pm at the Mini Hall, UP College of Music and on Oct. 7, Friday, 1 PM, at the Rehearsal Hall, St. Cecilia Bldg., St. Scholastica’s College Manila.
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).
Critics have equally praised his performances of J.S. Bach and William Walton, saying “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) and “This is simply the finest performance of Walton’s Bagatelles I’ve encountered. I and V crackle with energy, and he realizes perfectly the range of moods and colours in this modern masterpiece.” (American Record Guide).
His music has been used in television, he has been broadcast on radio stations and he has been a prize winner at major national and international music competitions including the Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Festival de Córdoba (Spain), the Sydney Performing Arts Challenge (Australia), the Australian Guitar Competition (Chamber Music Section), the Certamen Internacional de Guitarra de Barcelona (Spain) and the Performing Australian Music Competition (London, UK).
Mr. Cordover plays a guitar by Greg Smallman and Sons (2006) and exclusively uses Knobloch Strings.
The Kabataang Gitarista (KG) is a group of young classical guitarists who perform a varied repertoire of classical, Filipino, Spanish and popular pieces. The Kabataang Gitarista was organized by the Artist Training Division of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in August 2012 to promote appreciation for, and interest in, classical guitar performance among public high school students. The project also aims to provide the highest level of guitar training free of charge through a scholarship programme and the to develop a performing classical guitar ensemble. More than 30 guitarists are currently in the programme.
The five members performing for the “Asian Gems in the Arts” are Christian John Mercader , Fernando Sy-Changco III, David Tiongson, Adrei Fernandez and Edel Mark Bitao. Christian, 19, and Fernando, 16, are both alumni of the programme and are currently pursuing degrees in classical guitar at different music colleges in Manila. David and Andrei, both 17, are in senior high school. Edel Mark, 14 is currently in Grade 9.
The Guitar Friends is a group composed of businessmen, doctors, professionals, guitar teachers and students, all united by their love for the classical guitar. It supports various classical guitar activities in the Philippines, like recitals, concerts, classes and provides financial support for students on a case to case basis.
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