Mariano Córdoba (1924 – 2012)

The world lost a great flamenco pedagogue and performer November 18, 2012.

From the Mercury News obituary:

Mariano Córdoba
September 19, 1924 – November 18, 2012

Resident of San Jose

Maestro Mariano Córdoba, flamenco concert guitarist, teacher, composer, author, and recording artist passed away peacefully on November 18 at the age of 88 surrounded by his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Linda; stepson, Bob Gallo; stepdaughter, Tammy Janosik and her spouse, Jeff; and four grandchildren: Alexis, Siena, Mia and Mateo; as well as many cherished friends and beloved guitar students.

Mariano was born in a Castillian village in the province of Guadalajara, Spain. He began his life-long study of the guitar at 12 years of age, and went on to perform with some of Spain’s great flamenco dancers and singers. In 1952, he toured extensively throughout Europe and the Americas with one of the most revered flamenco dancers of all times, Antonio. Mariano’s career soon flourished with nationally televised appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. Although he played in the finest theaters throughout Europe and the Americas, Mariano felt that the high point of his career was when he debuted at the Teatro Espanol in Madrid.

In 1956, Mariano moved to San Francisco. He later lived in Sunnyvale, and San Jose. Mariano passionately devoted himself to preserving and passing on traditional flamenco music by writing five books on flamenco guitar methods, teaching, composing, recording, and performing.

Mariano touched the lives of many people. He loved his family, friends, and students deeply, and generously shared his heart and musical gifts with them. He will be remembered for his warmth, humor, ability to laugh at himself, love for his cat, music, devotion, and joyfulness. He will be missed, but his personal and musical legacy will live on. We like to believe he is enjoying his days playing the guitar for other departed family and friends.

Memorial donations in memory of Mariano may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 4850 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124.