Jordi Savall

Jordi Savall i Bernadet [ ʒɔɾði səβaʎ ] ( born August 1, 1941 in Igualada, Catalonia ) is a Spanish musicologist and viola da gamba player in the field of historical performance practice, brings his own compositions for performance.


Jordi Savall studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Barcelona. He was a student of Wieland Kuijken in Belgium and from 1968 by August Wenzinger in Basel. His interests early music led him to Wenzingers Schola Cantorum, which he headed from 1974. In the same year he founded Hespèrion XX (now XXI Hespèrion ), an ensemble that specifically pledged to the repertoire of the early music of the Iberian Peninsula. In 1987 he founded the Capella Reial de Catalunya, which specializes in the interpretation of medieval sacred music.

Jordi Savall has earned through worldwide performances and recordings by extensive reputation as a major performer and musicologist for old music. He became known to a wider audience through the music for the award-winning French film The seventh string ( 1991). He also composed the music for the film Marquise - Dangerous Intrigue of 1997, in which Véra Belmont directed.

Jordi Savall was married to the late soprano Montserrat Figueras 2011 since 1968. Her daughter Arianna Savall and Ferran Savall her son are also musically active. From 2009 Savall teaches as a guest lecturer in the " Juilliard Historical Performance Program " of the Juilliard School in New York City.

Co-founded by Savall 1998 " Alia Vox " could distribute more than 2,000,000 CDs to 2010, not least by Savall's strong presence in the concert halls and in the media, as well as label offices in 45 countries.


Paraisos Perdido

Typical of Jordi Savall are fully featured audio books. So he felt in a library on Gran Canaria books with unknown songs by Columbus' sailors, of the traveling monks and songs of the Indians of the New World. These songs, he took with his ensemble Hespèrion to XXI and published it on the CD Paraisos Perdido. The accompanying book contains 260 pages. More than 50 such Audiobooks Savall has published and thus (2007) sold over 1.8 million CDs.

XXI Hespèrion: List see


  • 2009: Handel Prize of the City Hall
  • 2012: Léonie Sonning Music Prize
  • 2013: ECHO Klassik Chamber Music Recording of the Year
  • 2013: Honorary doctorate from the University of Basel