Ricardo Cobo, M.M.

Acting Facilitator for Guitar

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Cobo was born in Cali, Colombia to a musical family and began guitar studies at the Conservatorio Antonio María Valencia.

He was admitted to the Peabody Institute where he studied with the late Aaron Shearer. Cobo received a BM from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and his MM from Florida State University, where he subsequently worked as a University Doctoral Fellow (DMA) under Bruce Holzman.

Internationally recognized as one of the premier guitarists of his generation, Cobo won consecutive medals at the Guitar Foundation of America’s Solo International Competition. He earned first Prizes in the 9th. Casa de España International Competition in San Juan, the 9th “Alirio Díaz” International Competition in Caracas, Venezuela, and the MTNA-Wurlitzer Collegiate competition among many others.

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 has recorded over 20 guitar CD projects and has appeared in hundreds of Commercial credits. His recordings include concerti with orchestra (Essay), solo (Naxos, Alanna), chamber and jazz (Angel/Emi, Cambria) and crossover music (Ellipsis Arts). Cobo has been decorated by the Colombian government on numerous occasions, receiving Colombia's "Order of Cañasgordas" and the "Order of Belalcazar" for outstanding merit in cultural affairs.

Cobo is currently director of classical guitar studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is on the D’Addario roster of touring artists and has developed his own line of unique instruments with Alhambra Guitars.