Jordan Mandela Knudson

Jordan Knudson, Classical Guitar InstructorJordan Knudson, Classical Guitar Instructor

Jordan Mandela Knudson began studying music at the age of four on the violin. Shortly thereafter, he embarked on what would be a long search to find an instrument that spoke to him as both a listener and a player. Finally, eight years and nearly as many different instruments later, he picked up a guitar and has not looked back.

Jordan earned his B.A. in guitar performance from Columbia College, and his Master of Music degree in performance from Roosevelt University. Jordan inherited the knowledge of several distinct musical legacies through his private study with Sharon Isbin, Denis Azabagic, Brazilian master Fabio Zanon, and historical keyboard virtuoso David Schrader.  He now shares his own synthesis of these traditions with audiences as well as his private students. Jordan has performed and taught throughout the United States and internationally.

Favorite solo pieces (classical guitar):
Nocturnal by Benjamin Britten
Rossiniana No. 1 by Mauro Giuliani
Tres Piezas Españolas by Joaquin Rodrigo

Favorite Recording artist for instrument (classical guitar):
Julian Bream
Marcin Dylla
David Russell

Favorite orchestral works:
Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Sinfonia by Luciano Berio

Favorite pieces of music not for my instrument:
Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114 by Johannes Brahms
Prelude, Fugue, and Variations, Op. 18 by César Franck
Knoxville, Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber

Music for Bedtime:
La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Julia Florida by Agustín Barrios

And, just to plug my own work…
Late by Garrett Schumann, the live world premiere recording of which (performed by yours truly) can be found on this page: