Fernando Riscado Cordas B

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Fernando Riscado Cordas (The Hague, 1975) is one of today's most impressive guitarists. He receives much praise for his playing, in particular for his astonishing sound and captivating interpretations. Fernando has concertised both in ensemble and as soloist in several European countries, including The Netherlands, Italy , France , England and Spain , and was a member of the world-renowned 'Trio de Cologne' with Zoran Dukic and Laura Young. He has had the privilege of working with a number of leading figures in the international music scene, such as composers Luciano Berio and György Kurtág and conductors Lawrence Renes, Marcello Bufalini and Reinbert de Leeuw.

Cordas studied guitar with Robby Faverey, Raphaëlla Smits and Zoran Dukic at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he was one of very few to be admitted to the specialised 'Master of Music' programme, which he completed in 2003. He received his master's degree with two prestigious distinctions: for professionalism and interpretation. He played at a variety of international music festivals and took masterclasses with, among others, David Russel (GB), Hubert Käppel (D), Carlo Marchione (I), Sergio Assad (Br), Roland Dyens (F) and David Starobin (US). In addition to being an active concert artist, Fernando Cordas is a respected guitar pedagogue, specialising in the development of young talent and the training of youths for careers in music. As a reward for his accomplishments as a guitarist, Fernando Cordas was granted a special scholarship by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds to have a personal concert guitar built by a renowned luthier. This instrument, built by Nicolaas van der Waals, was constructed using the finest and rarest woods available, and is based on instruments by Herman Hauser I, Andres Segovia's luthier of choice.

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