Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI at Boston Early Music Festival
Musician and conductor Jordi Savall is joined by his Hespèrion XXI ensemble to present a characteristically well-researched program of early music.
The universally celebrated virtuoso Jordi Savall brings his world-famous ensemble Hespèrion XXI back to the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) concert stage. One of the giants of Early Music, Savall directs a consort of seven extraordinary instrumentalists in an encore performance of a rousing program exploring the vibrant musical culture of Europe at the dawn of the Baroque.
About Jordi Savall
For more than fifty years, Jordi Savall, one of the most versatile musical personalities of his generation, has rescued musical gems from the obscurity of neglect and oblivion and given them back for all to enjoy. A tireless researcher into early music, he interprets and performs the repertory both as a gambist and a conductor. His activities as a concert performer, teacher, researcher and creator of new musical and cultural projects have made him a leading figure in the reappraisal of historical music.
Savall has recorded and released more than 230 discs covering the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical music repertories, with a special focus on the Hispanic and Mediterranean musical heritage, receiving many awards and distinctions such as the Midem Classical Award, the International Classical Music Award and the Grammy Award.
His concert programs have made music an instrument of mediation to achieve understanding and peace between different and sometimes warring peoples and cultures. Accordingly, guest artists appearing with his ensembles include Arab, Israeli, Turkish, Greek, Armenian, Afghan, Mexican and North American musicians.
In 2008 Jordi Savall was appointed European Union Ambassador for intercultural dialogue and, together with Montserrat Figueras, was named “Artist for Peace” under the UNESCO “Good Will Ambassadors” program.
Jordi Savall received the 2015 Vaz da Silva Prize at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, an award given in recognition of artists who protect and disseminate the European cultural heritage. He was also awarded the Gold Medal of the Fine Arts Circle in Madrid in 2015.
Pre-concert talk at 3 pm.