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Jordi
Savall

Conductor

Jordi Savall is an exceptional figure in today’s music world. His career as a concert performer, teacher, researcher and programmer makes him one of the principal architects of the current revaluation of historical music.

Savall began his musical studies as a singer in the children’s choir in his hometown of Igualada (Catalonia), when he was six years old. He went on to learn the cello, completing his studies at the Barcelona Conservatory in 1964. From 1968 he studied viola da gamba and early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. There he succeeded his teacher August Wenzinger in 1973, teaching many courses and master classes for some time.

With his late wife, soprano Montserrat Figueras, Savall founded three ensembles: Hespèrion XX (1974, later named Hespèrion XXI), La Capella Reial de Catalunya (1987) and Le Concert des Nations (1989). He made a key contribution to Alain Corneau’s film Tous les matins du monde (winner of a César best-soundtrack award) in 1992 and created his own record label Alia Vox in 1998. Savall is also in demand as a guest conductor with orchestras and musicians around the globe.

His more than forty years devoted to the recovery of musical heritage have earned him many distinctions, including the prestigious Léonie Sonning Music Prize (2012).

In the 2021/22 season, Jordi Savall appears with the Concertgebouworkest for the first time.

Jordi Savall is an exceptional figure in today’s music world. His career as a concert performer, teacher, researcher and programmer makes him one of the principal architects of the current revaluation of historical music.

Savall began his musical studies as a singer in the children’s choir in his hometown of Igualada (Catalonia), when he was six years old. He went on to learn the cello, completing his studies at the Barcelona Conservatory in 1964. From 1968 he studied viola da gamba and early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. There he succeeded his teacher August Wenzinger in 1973, teaching many courses and master classes for some time.

With his late wife, soprano Montserrat Figueras, Savall founded three ensembles: Hespèrion XX (1974, later named Hespèrion XXI), La Capella Reial de Catalunya (1987) and Le Concert des Nations (1989). He made a key contribution to Alain Corneau’s film Tous les matins du monde (winner of a César best-soundtrack award) in 1992 and created his own record label Alia Vox in 1998. Savall is also in demand as a guest conductor with orchestras and musicians around the globe.

His more than forty years devoted to the recovery of musical heritage have earned him many distinctions, including the prestigious Léonie Sonning Music Prize (2012).

In the 2021/22 season, Jordi Savall appears with the Concertgebouworkest for the first time.