Jordi Savall: Hesperion XXI,
Le Concert des Nations

Benjamin Bagby – Beowulf

Ensemble Sequentia

Ensemble Dialogos

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Jordi Savall is an exceptional figure in today’s music world. For more than thirty years he has been devoted to the rediscovery and performance of neglected musical treasures as a soloist and director of his three ensembles. He has restored an essential repertoire to all those with ears to hear it. Except for the “happy few” who already revere it, the viola da gamba, is an instrument so refined that it takes us to the very brink of silence. Through 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 a universe of emotions and beauty, presenting it to audiences everywhere and to millions of music lovers, and thus bringing recognition to the viola da gamba and to music from here and elsewhere that had fallen into oblivion, all of which has earned him a place as one of the foremost champions of early music.

One of the most multifariously gifted musicians of his generation, his career as a concert performer, teacher, researcher and creator of new projects, both musical and cultural, make 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 is demonstrating that early music does not have to be elitist: it can arouse interest in everyone, its audience being ever younger and ever stronger in numbers

He has recorded over 170 Cds. He has won many awards, most recently 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” by Gramophone Magazine. That CD was among the five nominees for the 2006 Grammy Awards 2006 in Los Angeles (USA).

Jordi Savall has been appointed Intercultural Ambassador as part of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 which has as its slogan “Together in diversity” as well as an “Artist for the Peace” in the good will Ambassador’s program of the UNESCO.