Jordi Savall

Catalan Gambist and Conductor (Igualada, Catalonia, 1941 -)

Gambist, conductor, composer, concertist, teacher, researcher, founder of Alia Vox label, music arranger and performer of the film All the Mornings of the World ... Jordi Savall is one of the most complete performers of our time.

Initiated to music in his school choir, Jordi Savall began cello when his voice started to change. Hearing Bach performed by Pau Casals, he got interested in an older repertoire. At Barcelona Conservatoire, he met soprano Monserrat Figueras who helped him to integrate an ensemble specialized in ancient music as a gambist. Self-taught, he found the scores of Maran Marais, Antoine Forqueray, François Couperin during a trip to Paris and took a shine to this forgotten repertoire.

He married Monserrat Figueras and went to study at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, where he would later teach. He met all the musicians participating in the Baroque Revolution, and founded his first ensemble Hesperion XX. He then embarked on a large study and revaluation of ancient repertoire, ranging from the Middle Ages to the Baroque period, with an attention for the Mediterranean Rim. Together with his wife, he created the Concert des Nations, Capella Reial in Catalunya and Alia Vox label. Humanitarian and pacifist, Jordi Savall supports the dialogue between different cultures as well as between classical and vocal music through his projects, utmost commitments that have earned him the Unesco Artist for Peace merit. 

Six landmark dates in the life of Jordi Savall: 

1968: Married soprano Monserrat Figueras and left Barcelona for Basel
1974: Founded the ensemble Hesperion XX
1986-89: Returned to Catalonia, founded Capella Reial and the Concert des Nations
1991: Jordi Savall composed, arranged and interpreted music for “All the Mornings of the World” by Alain Corneau
2008: Monserrat Figueras and Jordi Savall named Artists of Uneco for Peace
2011: Monserrat Figueras disappeard