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biography

First Prize Concours International de Jeunnes Musicienes Crescendo de Genève (Switzerland, 2013); First Prize in the Pozuelo de Alarcón International Competition (Madrid, 2013); First Prize at the Solsona AIMS Festival (Lleida, 2013); First Prize in the Canet Young Performers Contest (Castellón, 2014); Alicante Concert Society Interpretation Award (Alicante, 2019); Winner of the II Contest of Young Soloists of the Youth Orchestra of the Generalitat Valenciana (Valencia 2019); Prix du Cap Ferret Music Open (France, 2023).

Born 24 years ago, the Spanish-Danish violinist Jacobo Christensen begins to hold the violin before he is 3 years old. His first teachers were Catalina Roig, Vicente Balaguer and Mikhail Spivak. With a scholarship from the Pachá Foundation and the Albéniz Foundation, he studies at the Reina Sofía School in Madrid with professor Zakhar Bron and Yuri Volguin. He is a student of Salvatore Accardo thanks to the sponsorship of the Stauffer Foundation in Cremona. He has gone to take lessons with Gil Shaham, Viktoria Mullova, Boris Kushnir, Kolja Blacher and Gilles Apap (Kronberg Academy), Mihaela Martin, Sergei Ostrovski, Boris Belkin (Accademia Chigiana, Siena), Ivry Gitlis, Agustín León Ara, Vasko Vassilev, Ingolf Turban, Miriam Fried, Giovanni Guzzo, Silvia Marcovici, Christoph Poppen, Heime Müller and Marta Gulyas.

His Conducting teacher is maestro Cristóbal Soler.

He has played in the USA, China, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Portugal, etc. piano recitals and some of the most important violin concertos: Brahms, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Sibelius… under the batons of Maestros Cristóbal Soler, John Carewe, Ivan Monighetti, Zubin Mehta, Plácido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel, Pablo Heras Casado, Andrés Salado, Péter Eötvös, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Ignazio Terrasi, Oliver Díaz, Zakhar Bron and András Schiff, among others.

In 2021 he founded his own orchestra, Nostrum Mare Camerata, of which he is director and violin soloist.

As a member of the Albéniz Quartet, he received in June 2021 from Her Majesty Queen Sofía the mention of the most outstanding string quartet in the ESMRS. Together with the cellist Leonardo Chiodo and the pianist German Skripachev, they form in 2022 the Austrias Piano Trio.

He records the CD titled Violin. Jacobo Christensen and the Ep De glade 20’ere with the pianist Carlos Apellániz.

music

Beauty, Art & Life

I am very skeptical when thinking about what music means to me. A better question would be what it doesn’t mean.. 

Music, like all other art forms, faces an eternal oxymoron: the harmony achieved through the symbiosis of radically opposed concepts.

Can’t music be happy and sad, almost at the same time? Can’t it be simultaneously boring and stimulating, pleasing and unpleasant, naif and mature, minimalistic and complex?

That is why I would rather define music as a dialogue between sound and silence. That might look like an ambiguous answer, although I don’t think it’s meaningless; life itself is often a more or less balanced compendium between presence and absence. 

What music means to me is irrelevant, since music exists in and of itself. Its beauty is what is we discern in our ear, and that is specific to each and every one of us: This puts music in human terms; it is what transforms this dialogue between sound and silence into art, the art to which I wish to devote my life.