Xavier Díaz-Latorre

Xavier Díaz-Latorre © Sara Guasteví
BIOGRAPHY

Born in Barcelona in 1968, he studied guitar with Oscar Ghiglia at the Musikhochschule in Basel and later lute with Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

He regularly participates in the most important international festivals in Europe, the United States, South America and Asia. Since 1997, he has been part of prestigious chamber groups and orchestras such as Hesperion XXI, the Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations, conducted by Jordi Savall. He is the founder and director of Laberintos Ingeniosos, a vocal and instrumental group dedicated to the interpretation and dissemination of Spanish music of the Golden Age.

His intense activity in the world of Baroque opera has led him to collaborate with the most important specialized groups, and to work with conductors such as René Jacobs, Jordi Savall, Attilio Cremonesi and Thomas Hengelbrock, among others, and in the most emblematic and prestigious theaters of the world.

Díaz-Latorre has participated in more than 30 recordings for Alia-Vox, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi and Alpha labels, as well as for numerous international television and radio stations. As a soloist and conductor, in 2007 he began his collaboration with the French label Zig-Zag Territoires, with whom he recorded two works dedicated to Sor and vocal works by Marín and Guerau. He later released the complete work of Francisco Guerau (Passacaille, 2013), an album that won the Enderrock Awards for Best Classical Music Album. With the Spanish label Cantus Records, he released a CD dedicated to Gaspar Sanz, which has won the CHOC award by Classica-Le Monde de la Musique, and the album La Guitarra dels Lleons, with historical guitars from the Barcelona Music Museum.

Xavier Diaz-Latorre has been invited as a lecturer by some of the most important early music academies in the world such as the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, USC California, Amherst Early Music Festival, Lute Society of America or the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He is teacher of historical stringed instruments, basso continuo and chamber music at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (KCB).

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