Mattias Jacobsson Artist Biography

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Biography: Mattias Jacobsson (born November 8, 1984) is a Swedish classical guitarist

Mattias Jacobsson was born near Stockholm, Sweden and began to play the guitar in Nacka Municipal Music School and at Södra Latins Gymnasium. He continued his education at the Malmö Academy of Music and at the Juilliard School.

Jacobsson’s first major recital was at age 17 at the Stockholm International Guitar Festival, and he has appeared on Spanish television for Televisión Española, and on radio in the United States for WQXR and NPR. Jacobsson has been featured on Swedish Radio, and has also garnered a following on YouTube. Concert appearances include those at the Uppsala International Guitar Festival and at Strathmore. Composer Jakub Ciupiński has been commissioned to write a guitar concerto for Jacobsson, which will be premiered together with Metropolis Ensemble in New York during the 2013-14 season.

Mattias Jacobsson plays a guitar made by Ignacio Fleta e hijos from 1971, and uses strings by Albert Augustine; Regal trebles and Blue basses. The guitar was passed on to Jacobsson from his first teacher Erik Möllerström, who was able to acquire it during his studies in Barcelona, Spain, through the avail of his teacher, Eduardo Sainz de la Maza.

On June 12, 2012, Mattias Jacobsson’s debut recording Invocación was released on Avie Records. It explores the music of Spanish composer Francisco Tárrega and his influences from Chopin, as well as his legacy through his students Miguel Llobet and Emilio Pujol. It was chosen as CD of the Week by Classic FM and Album of the Week by WQXR, which states Jacobsson "has an innate feel for the music of Tárrega.” In the September 2012 issue of Gramophone magazine, Invocación was named a Gramophone 'Choice'; William Yeoman stating: “The playing throughout is refined, intelligent and highly musical; the tone, though never sweet, is fulsome and appealing. An outstanding debut.” Jacobsson was also featured in a cover story for the June 2012 issue of Classical Guitar Magazine.

Mattias Jacobsson is particularly inspired by singers Jussi Björling and Victoria de los Ángeles, pianists Alicia de Larrocha and Artur Rubinstein, and by guitarist Julian Bream. He is a self-confessed Radiohead fan, loves to read books about music and to drink very fine coffee. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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