Biography
Jordi Savall is an exceptional figure in today’s music world and one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. For more than forty years he has been devoted to the rediscovery of abandoned musical treasures: forty years of research, of exploration, of performance and the direction of his three ensembles - Hespèrion XXI (1974), La Capella Reial de Catalunya (1987) and Le Concert des Nations (1989), all founded together with Montserrat Figueras.

One of the most important protectors of early music, Jordi Savall has discovered a universe full of emotion and beauty, and in turn has presented it to millions of music lovers worldwide.  Futhermore, through his busy schedule with over 140 concerts and 6 recordings a year, contribution to Alain Corneau's soundtrack of his film Tous les Matins du Monde and activity as visiting professor at the Juilliard School in New York, he demonstrates that early music does not have to be elitist and can remain relevant to younger audiences.

Jordi Savall began his musical studies when he was six years old as a singer in the Children's Choir of Igualada (Catalonia), his hometown. He went on to learn the cello, completing his studies at the Barcelona Conservatory in 1964. The following year, he began learning the viola da gamba and performing early music with Ars Musicae before moving onto advanced studies in 1968 at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland), where he taught between 1973 and 1993. 

He has recorded over 200 CDs, many on his own record label Alia Vox, covering music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods, with a special focus on Hispanic and Mediterranean musical heritages. His numerous accolades include "Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" (1988), the "Creu de Sant Jordi" (1990), "Musician of the Year" from Le Monde de la Musique (1992), "Soloist of the Year" at 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 from the Université Catholique de Louvain (2000), from the Universitat de Barcelona (2006) "Victoire de la Musique" for his professional career (2002), the "Medalla d'Or" from the Parliament of Catalonia (2003), and the Honorary Prize of the "Deustchen Schallplattenkritik" (2003). The book CD "Dinastia Borgia" received the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance. The same year, he received the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) for Best CD of Ancient Music. He has also received various "Midem Classical Awards" (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2010).

In 2008, Jordi Savall was appointed “Artist for Peace” into the good will Ambassador’s program of the UNESCO. The following year, he was appointed “Ambassador of the European Year of creativity and innovation” by the European Union and received the “National Prize of Music 2009” from the National Council of Culture and Arts of the Catalan Government.  In addition, Jordi Savall has recently been appointed “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres” and “Chevalier de l'Ordre national de la Légion d'Honneur” by the French Department of Culture and in 2012, he received the Léonie Sonning Music prize. In December 2013, Jordi Savall was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa by Basel University.

In 2010, Jordi Savall received the Midem Classical Award for the book CD “Jérusalem, La Ville des deux Paix: La Paix céleste et la Paix terrestre”. He presented this programme across Asia and the Pacific in April 2014, with performances in Sydney (Opera House), Melbourne (Recital Centre) and Singapore (Esplanade).  The performances in Australia won the 2014 Helpmann Award in the category of ‘Best Chamber and/or Instrumental Ensemble Concert’.

July 2014

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