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biography

Spanish-Danish violinist Jacobo Christensen was born in Valencia, Spain, on  August 25, 1999. His mother, soprano Gloria Fabuel, introduced him to the world of music, and he held his first violin before the age of three. He began lessons with Suzuki-method instructor Joan Vicent Sanchis.

His first teachers were violinists Catalina Roig and Vicente Balaguer, whom Jacobo considers his mentor. Christensen has also taken classes from Mikhail Spivak, Sergey Ostrovsky and Boris Belkin (Accademia Chigiana, Siena) and received guidance from Ivry Gitlis, Augustin León Ara, Silvia Marcovici, Ingolf Turban and Vasko Vassilev. His instructor in music theory is composer Jesus Debón, and he is currently studying stage arts with Alejandro Carvallo. He is taking classes in conducting from Maestro Cristobal Soler.

Christensen is enrolled in the Reina Sofia Higher School of Music in Madrid, studying with Department Head Zakhar Bron and his assistant Yuri Volguin.

Jacobo Christensen first appeared on stage at the age of five, and made his soloist debut in 2013 with Tartini’s Violin Concerto in D minor under the baton of Salvador Sebastià. He reprised this program in Geneva and Solsona, with Maestro Sergey Ostrovsky, after receiving First Place in the Geneva International Music Competition Crescendo for young musicians. A few months later, he played first violin in Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor and repeated Tartini’s Concerto in D minor with the Master Chamber Players, under conductor Ricardo Casero. That same year, Christensen took First Prize in the Spanish competitions Concurso Internacional de Violín Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid), Festival AIMS in Solsona (Lleida) and III Concurso para Jóvenes Intérpretes in Canet (Valencia).

Christensen was acclaimed as “more than a prodigy” at age 14 after his performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Pablo Rus on the Iturbi stage of the Valencia Symphony Hall. Since then, he has given concerts in San Miniato and Siena (Italy, 2011, 2016), Skive, Thisted, Nykoebing, Thise (Denmark, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017), Geneva (Switzerland, 2013) and in cities throughout Spain.

In 2015, he joined the Dana Point Symphony Orchestra for a series of concerts in California, under the baton of Ignazio Terrasi. In December of that year, he recorded his first CD with the GadGad Music label, bringing out Violín. Jacobo Christensen, with pianist Carlos Apellániz..

In September 2016, he debuted Bruch’s Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor in the Teulada Auditorium with the Federal Orchestra led by Beatriz Fernandez. In August 2017, he made his first appearance in Pinggu (China).

In March 2018, Christensen returned to the Valencia Symphony Hall with the Valencia Orchestra under Maestro Oliver Díaz. In August, he joined the Valencia Regional Chamber Orchestra for a well-received tour with P. I. Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concert in D major with Maestro Daniel Abad. Their itinerary included the Torreblanca Festival, where Jacobo returned the following year with pianist Carlos Apellániz. In January 2019, Christensen performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Alicante Auditorium  (ADDA), again with Maestro Daniel Abad.

In March 2019 Christensen was laureate in the city of Alicante’s competition Premio de Interpretación Sociedad de Conciertos. A month later, he took first place in the competition for young musicians II Certamen de Joves Solistes organised by the Region of Valencia’s Youth Orchestra, garnering a concert tour with the Orchestra with J. Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor under the direction of Pablo Rus.

With his love of the chamber music repertoire, Christensen frequently plays with the Duo Apellániz, with cellist David Apellániz and pianist Carlos Apellániz.