Jorge Córdoba Valencia (b.1953), a native of Mexico City, has gained prominence as a composer and conductor, performing throughout his homeland, as well as in Spain, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Hungary, and the U.S.A. He studied at the National Conservatory of Mexico and served as artistic director for several well-known choirs, including the National Youth Choir, University National Choir, and Madrigalist Choir of the National Institute of Fine Arts. He has received numerous prizes for his musical activities, including first prize in the Third National Contest of Choral Music, and has participated in many contemporary music festivals. He has been producer of the recording series “Contemporary Chamber Music” since 1984, and was also the coordinator of the University Choirs of the National University of Mexico. In 2002, he composed a work for the Sixth World Choral Symposium held in Minneapolis and was composer-in-residence at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada.
Jorge was featured as one the inaugural composers in the 2008-2009 VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! program; he served as mentor to two new composers participating in the 2009-2010 season’s program.