Fahmi Alqhai

Fahmi Alqhai is considered one of the most brilliant and prestigious players of the Viola da Gamba in the world today, as well as one of the most recognised interpreters of early music, for his personal and communicative approach to historical repertories.

He is founder of Accademia del Piacere, with which he has conducted many award-winning recordings for Glossa, Harmonia Mundi and his own label (Alqhai & Alqhai), such as: Muera Cupido (winner of the Opus Klassik Award 2020), Les Violes du Ciel et de l’Enfer (nominated for the International Classical Music Awards 2011) and Le Lacrime di Eros (2009 Prelude Classical Music Award). In 2012 Alqhai won the Giraldillo prize at the 2012 Sevilla Flamenco Biennal for his fourth CD Las idas y las vueltas. In 2016 he won the Giraldillo to the Innovation for Diálogos, with Rocío Márquez.

As a soloist, Fahmi Alqhai has performed with important orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Spain, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia, Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne (Michael Corboz), Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla and Al Ayre Español, among others. He has also made his entrance in the fields of contemporary music, as well as jazz.

Since 2009, he is artistic director of the Festival de Música Antigua de Sevilla, Spain’s oldest and most important early music festival. In 2020, he receives a Leonardo Grant (BBVA Foundation) for the Colombina Project, about the 15th century manuscript.

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