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Florida State University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Peabody Conservatory
Professor and Guitar player
Ricardo Cobo (born 1957 in Bogotá, Colombia to Lebanese parents) is a classical guitarist. He gave his professional debut with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá at age seventeen. He was the first Latin-born American to win consecutive medals at Guitar Foundation of America Solo International Competition.
Cobo's touring schedule has taken him from New York's Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall 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. At his Phillips Gallery solo debut, The Washington Post called his playing "mesmerizing...fiery...sultry...Cobo crafted note-perfect essences of beauty."
Cobo can be heard on his solo recordings of classical and children's music, his orchestral and crossover recordings, and in various commercial releases. His performance of Leo Brouwer's "Concerto de Toronto" with the San Antonio Symphony was called "extrovert, lyrical and rhythmically alive...Cobo's performance was characterized by generosity of spirit, to say nothing of knockout virtuosity."
Cobo has been decorated by his country, receiving Colombia's "Order of Cañasgordas" and the "Order of Belalcazar" for outstanding merit in cultural affairs.
Cobo attended Florida State University.