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11.10.2011

Who is Jordi Savall?

A native of Catalonia, a country rich in history and culture, a passionate Hispanic and convinced European, a world citizen and fervent advocate of the power of music and its importance in humanistic education, Jordi Savall is one of the most versatile musical personalities of his generation.  Researcher, teacher, concert performer and creator of innovative cultural projects. 

He interprets old works as a conductor, but also with his viola da gamba, an instrument "with a sound of a refinement beyond which there is only silence", which was revealed to the public notably with the collaboration of the artist to Alain Corneau’s movie Tous les matins du monde in 1991 (starring Jean-Pierre Marielle and Gérard Depardieu), who won the César for Best Soundtrack. 

Jordi Savall is one of the key players in the great revival of old music in our time. With three musical formations Hespèrion XXI(Basel 1974), La Capella Reial de Catalunya (Barcelona 1987) andLe Concert des Nations (Paris 1989), that he has founded and developed jointly with Montserrat Figueras, and with his label Alia Vox Music (1998), he has been exploring and revealing to the world for over forty years  an important repertoire, filled with wonderful musical sunk into oblivion. He has recorded more than 180 CDs. 

He was appointed Ambassador of the European Union for the Year of Intercultural Dialogue (2008) and of Innovation and Creativity(2009), he is among others Officier (1988) thenCommandeur (2011) de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres", Creu de Sant Jordi "(1990"Doctor Honoris Causa » of the (Catholic) Universities of Leuven (2000), Barcelona (2006) and Evora (Portugal), and during these two last years he was Artist for Peace of the UNESCO.