Jordi Savall

Jordi Savall

He began his musical education early, as a child he sang in a choir in his hometown. He then graduated from the Barcelona Conservatory of Music in 1965. He took a special liking to Early Music and taught himself to play the viola da gamba. From 1968 he continued his education at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. Savall is unique – he is an extraordinarily talented musician, instrumentalist and conductor, teacher, tenacious researcher and discoverer of many musical treasures. For more than thirty years he has been reconstructing and performing old, often forgotten works. Together with Montserrat Figueras he has brought to life the bands: Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations. His experience and passion played a large part in the success of A. Corneau’s film Tous les Matins du Monde. The soundtrack recordings were awarded the “César” prize. His work contains over 170 recordings for which he was awarded (amongst others) the “Midem Classical Awards” (numerous times), the double album Don Quijote de la Mancha - Romances y Músicas hailed recording of the year in 2006, and was nominated for a “Grammy”. Savall has been the recipient of many prizes: “Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres” (1988), "La Medalla de Oro de las Bellas Artes” (1998), "Victoire de la Musique” (2002), "Medalla d'Or” from the parliament of Catalonia (2003), he has also been bestowed the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace.