The Australian guitarist, Jacob Cordover, spent his formative studies at the Australian National University School of Music with renowned performer and pedagogue Timothy Kain. He has completed post-graduate studies at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya and the Escola Luthier in Barcelona, Spain, studies of 19th century performance practice with Carlo Barone at the Academia l’Ottocento in Paris, France as well as several long term residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. Master-classes with Pavel Stiedl, Manuel Barrueco, Paul O'Dette, Ricardo Gallen and Sergio Assad (amongst others) have also been influential in the development of his playing. He has been a major prize winner at national and international music competitions including: III Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Festival de Córdoba (Spain), Sydney Performing Arts Challenge (Australia), Australian Guitar Competition (Chamber Music Section), XVI Certamen Internacional de Guitarra de Barcelona (Spain) and the Performing Australian Music Competition (London, UK).
Currently residing in Barcelona, Spain and enjoying a vibrant and varied international career, 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 4 continents (Australia, Canada, the USA, Spain, France, Germany, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Italy and the UK) performing as a soloist and in his chamber ensembles, Zoco Duo (with oboist Laura Karney) and the Australian Guitar Duo (with Rupert Boyd).
Following his performance as soloist with the Orquestra Simfònica de Balears “Ciutat de Palma” conducted by Geoffrey Simon, Jacob Cordover was praised as “an exceptional guitarist” by the music critic for the publication Ultima Hora. Jacob has also appeared as soloist with the Orchestra dell’Accademia l’Ottocento conducted by Carlo Barone performing Mauro Giuliani’s Primier Grand Concerto Op. 30 on a an original Gaetano Guadagnini guitar made in Italy in 1828. 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). Whilst performing repertoire from a wide range of music periods, Jacob Cordover’s 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 lead to numerous performances of this repertoire on a variety of period guitars.
His solo CD “Stélé”, recorded in 2004, was hailed by Classical Guitar Magazine (UK) as “wonderfully sympathetic and highly accomplished ... Cordover managing to get to the very soul of this striking and brilliant music.” In 2012 he released his first Australian Guitar Duo CD “Songs From The Forest”, of which Soundboard Magazine (USA) wrote: “They are technical masters who also possess beautiful tone at all volume levels, and a wonderfully refined collective musical sense ... magical use of tone color ... Very impressive”. He has been broadcast on radio stations throughout Australia and the USA, his music has been used in television,
Jacob Cordover is grateful for all the generous support he has received through grants from: artsACT, Arts Tasmania, Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Music Foundation, Australian National University Friends of the School of Music, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, and Arts Global.