Arianna Savall Figueras

Born in Basel into a family of Catalan musicians, Arianna Savall Figueras began her classical harp studies with Magdalena Barrera and her vocal studies with María Dolores Aldea at the conservatory in Terrassa. She specialised in historical harp with Heidrun Rosenzweig and singing with Kurt Widmer in the area of early music at the Scola Cantorum Basiliensis. As a soloist, she has performed with various ensembles, such as Hesperion XXI, Rolf Lislevand Ensemble, Ensemble La Fenice, Ensemble Melpomen, Ricercar Consort, Mala Punica, Vox Clamantis, Il Desiderio Ensemble, Cello Octet Amsterdam, Capella Antiqua Bambergensis, Le Baroque Nomade, Main-Barockorchester Frankfurt, etc., and collaborated with conductors including her parents, Jean Tubery, Olari Elts, Jaan-Eik Tulve, Tonu Kaljuste, Manel Valdivieso, Pascal Crittin, Andrew Lawrence-King and others. 

Arianna Savall Figueras has performed in Europe, Scandinavia, the United States, South America, Australia, Japan, China, New Zealand, Turkey and Israel. She has also made numerous recordings of concerts and opera productions, in particular for Alia Vox, ECM, Naïve, Harmonia Mundi, Aeolus and CAB Records, many of which have won awards. She is known in the international press as “the Harp Fairy”.

Arianna Savall Figueras’s passion for early music and improvisation has also taken her to the opposite extreme of contemporary music, an area in which she works intensively with Swiss composer Conrad Steinmann and Estonian composers Helena Tulve and Arvo Pärt.

Her careers as a singer and harpist blend together in her solo records “Bella Terra” and “Peiwoh” (Alia Vox), in which she performs her own compositions, as well as in her appearances with her ensemble at numerous festivals. Singing while accompanying oneself on the harp is an ancestral tradition that Arianna Savall Figueras wishes to revive by means of both early music and new musical creations.

In 2009, Arianna Savall and Petter Udland Johansen founded the group Hirundo Maris, specialising in early music from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, as well as their own compositions and early fusion. Their creative core is Mediterranean and Nordic music, the fruit of their extensive musical partnership. Like a migratory bird, they retrace the routes across seas and music that have linked Scandinavia with the Iberian Peninsula since time immemorial.

Hirundo Maris regularly appears at numerous festivals around Europe, such as the Stanser Musiktage (Switzerland), Cologne’s Fest für Alte Musik, the Jazz in Church Festival, Bucharest (Romania), the Gstaad Menuhin Festival (Switzerland), the Bachwochen Thun (Switzerland), the Styriarte Festival (Austria), All’Improvviso Festival (Poland), the Oslo Kirkemusikkfestival, Nordlysfestivalen (Northern Lights Festival) Tromsø (Norway), Festival de Dinan (Great Britain), Seduced by Harps (Belgium), the Sentmenat International Harp Festival (Catalonia), the Arp Sanati Dergi Festival in Istanbul (Turkey), Festival de Fontfroide and Philippe Maillard Productions (Paris), among others. Hirundo Maris recorded their first disc “Chants du Sud et du Nord” under Manfred Eicher’s prestigious ECM record label. Personally produced by M. Eicher, the record won international critical acclaim.

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