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UTSA HOSTS INTERNATIONAL CLASSSICAL GUITARIST RICARDO COBO FEB. 14
UTSA

February, 2011

The UTSA Department of Music welcomes internationally
acclaimed classical guitarist Ricardo Cobo for a concert performance at 7:30
p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 in the Arts Building Recital Hall on the UTSA Main
Campus. The performance is a part of the UTSA Music department¹s Guest
Artist Series.  

Regarded as one of the world¹s leading virtuosos of the new classical guitar
generation, Cobo began playing guitar at the age of 8 with the assistance of
his mother, a classically trained pianist.  He displayed so much promise, he
was later admitted to the Antonio Maria Valencia Conservatory in Cali,
Columbia.  At the age of 17, Cobo made his professional debut with the
Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota in a nationwide broadcast to an audience of
more than 9 million viewers.

Born in Cali, Columbia, Cobo has performed and taught worldwide as a
soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and lecturer.  He has performed
in major concert venues all over the world including musical engagements in
Europe, Asia, Ukraine, Korea, Spain, Venezuela and in the United States at
Carnegie Hall in New York City, Washington D.C.¹s Phillips Gallery and the
Los Angeles Ambassador Auditorium.

Cobo¹s versatility can be heard in his award-winning solo recordings of
classical and children¹s music as well as his orchestral and crossover
recordings in collaborations with jazz and classical musicians.  His Guitar
Lullaby CD was awarded the American Library Association¹s highest
recognition for children¹s music and a Parent¹s Choice Award as one of the
finest classical audio guitar pieces on CD.

Cobo is the only Hispanic to ever win a gold medal at a Guitar Foundation of
America International Competition.  He also captured first place honors at
the 9th Alirio Diaz International Competition in Caracas and the 9th Casa de
Espana Competition in San Juan.

Additional honors include receiving Columbia¹s ³Order of Canasgordas² and
³Order of Belalcazar² for outstanding merit exhibited in cultural affairs.

Cobo received his bachelor¹s degree in music from the North Carolina School
of the Arts in Winston-Salem and pursued postgraduate studies at Florida
State University.

General admission tickets are $10; $5 for seniors, military, and UTSA
students with ID.  For more information, visit
http://music.utsa.edu/index.php/calendar/event/guest-artist-series-ricardo-c
obo-guitar/

The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher
education institutions in Texas and the second largest of nine academic
universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a
multicultural institution of access and excellence, UTSA aims to be a
national research university providing access to educational excellence and
preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA serves more than 30,300 students in 64 bachelor¹s, 48 master¹s and 21
doctoral degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business,
Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts,
Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School.  Founded in 1969, UTSA is an
intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development
catalyst for Texas and beyond.  More information online at www.utsa.edu
<http://www.utsa.edu>


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