Helena Vaz Da Silva Award Ceremony 2015

Maestro Jordi Savall, the renowned musician and conductor from Spain (Catalonia), will receive the Helena Vaz da Silva European Award 2015 at an official ceremony hosted by the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal, on Monday 12 October 2015. The Jury’s Special Mentions will also be presented to the Danish radio and TV journalist Adrian Lloyd Hughes and to the Spanish cultural journalist Rafael Fraguas.

The Award, established in 2013 by Centro Nacional de Cultura in cooperation with the leading European heritage organisation Europa Nostra and Clube Português de Imprensa, acknowledges exceptional contributions by individuals to the protection and promotion of cultural heritage and European values.

The award pays tribute to Jordi Savall for his unique contribution to celebrating the multicultural story of Europe through its rich musical heritage.

“Through his concerts, recordings and teachings, Savall has made an exceptional contribution to the rediscovery and enjoyment of our shared heritage through an exemplary interpretation and communication of a broad repertoire of Europe’s musical heritage and its connections with other cultures of the world. The profound intercultural dimension of his work, which highlights the similarities in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures and traditions as well as the richness of their diversities, contributes to the better understanding and respect between those cultures and communities,” stated Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins, President of the Jury.