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Jordi Savall


Jordi Savall

Jordi Savall is an exceptional figure in today’s music world. For more than forty years he has been devoted to the rediscovery of abandoned musical treasures: forty years of research, reading and playing them with his viola da gamba or conducting their performance. He has restored an essential repertoire that he revives for all the music lovers around the world. With his three ensembles - Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations, all founded together with Montserrat Figueras. Jordi Savall has explored and fashioned universe full of emotions and beauty, and has projected it to the world and to millions of music lovers, to introduce the viola da gamba and the music which had fallen into oblivion, becoming one of the most important protectors of the early music.
Jordi Savall is one of the most multi-talented musicians of his generation. His career as a concert performer, teacher, researcher and creator of new musical and cultural projects, makes him one of the principal architects of the current revaluation of historical music. With his key contribution to Alain Corneau's film Tous les Matins du Monde (winner of a César best-soundtrack award), his busy concert life
(over 140 concerts a year) and recording schedule (6 recordings a year), and with the creation of his own record label Alia Vox, he demonstrates that the early music does not have to be necessary elitist, so it can be very interesting for a public each time younger and more numerous.

Jordi SavallJordi Savall began his musical studies when he was six years old as a singer in the Children's Choir in Igualada (Catalonia), his hometown, and then he went on to learn the cello, completing his studies in the Barcelona Conservatory (1964). In 1965 he started, as an autodicact, to study the viola da gamba and early music (Ars Musicae) in 1965, so he moved on to start advanced studies in 1968 at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland). There he succeeded his teacher August Wenzinger in 1973, and was
teaching for some time many courses and master classes. He has recorded over 170 Cds, and his most recent work has been published under the title“L’Orchestre de Louis XV, Suites d’Orchestre”, edited by his own label Alia-Vox. He has won many awards; among them:
"Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres" (1988), the "Creu de Sant Jordi" (1990), "Musician of the Year" from Le Monde de la Musique (1992) and "Soloist of the Year" in the "Victoires de la Musique" (1993), "La Medalla de Oro de las Bellas Artes" (1998), "Honorary Member of the Konzerthaus" in Vienna (1999), Doctor Honoris Causa by the Université Catholique de Louvain (2000) and by the Universitat de Barcelona (2006) "Victoire de la Musique" for his professional career (2002), the "Medalla d'Or" of the Parliament of
Catalonia (2003), and the Honorary Prize of the "Deustchen Schallplattenkritik" (2003). He has also won various "Midem Classical Awards" (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2010). In the 2006 Awards, his double CD Don Quijote de la Mancha, Romances y Músicas won him a prize in the "early music" category, and it was also selected as "2006 Record of the Year." In 2008 Jordi Savall was appointed “Artist for the Peace” into the good will Ambassador’s program of the UNESCO. In 2009 he has been appointed once again Ambassador of the European Year of creativity and innovation by the European Union, and received the National Price of Music 2009, given by the National Council of Culture and Arts from the Catalan Government. In 2010, the book CD “Jérusalem, La Ville des deux Paix: La Paix céleste et la Paix terrestre”, has been awarded with the Midem Classical Award. Together with Montserrat Figueras, Jordi Savall has received the Prix Méditerranée from the Centre Méditerranéen de Littérature in Perpignan, and also the Prize for the Peace in Germany. Already in 2010, Jordi Savall has received from the “Royal Academy of the Arts and Sciences – Music Awards” the prize for the best solist by the CD The Celtic Viol. He also has been awarded with the Praetorius Musikpreis Niedersächsisches in Germany.
In 2011, the book-CD "Dinastia Borgia" received the Grammy Award 2011 in the category of Best Small Ensemble Performance. The International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has also awarded him with the Best CD of Ancient Music 2011. Jordi Savall has just been appointed “Commandeur des Arts et des Letters” and “Chevalier dans l'Ordre national de la Légion d'Honneur” by the French Department of Culture. More recently, he has received the prize Léonie Sonning Music 2012.


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