He has died at the age of 91 in his house in Villafranca del Bierzo


The classical composer and Spanish conductor Christopher Halffter He died today at the age of 91, family sources have informed Efe. According to a family spokesman, the death occurred this Sunday in Villafranca del Bierzo (Len) after receiving the Holy Sacraments. Halffter leaves behind three children, Pedro, Alonso and Mara.

Cristbal Halffter (Madrid, 1930) has been one of the key figures of Spanish music 20th century. His more than 100 compositions range from choral, chamber and electronic music to writing for large symphonic formations. Throughout his career, Halffter has conducted important European and American orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Baden-Baden Radio Orchestra, Zrich Tonhalle, French National, London Symphony, Suisse Romand, Lucerne Festival, London Symphony, Spanish National, Bamberg, Hamburg, among other.


Academic of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando of Madrid (1983), of the European Academies of Sciences, Arts and Letters of Paris and of the Akademie der Knste of Berlin (1985), Cristbal Halffter had numerous awards and recognitions. In 1981 he received from King Juan Carlos I the Gold Medal for the Merit of Fine Arts.

In 1985 he was named Doctor Honoris Causa by the Len University, and in 2010 he was the winner of the BBVA Foundation Award Frontiers of Knowledge, for contributing “to the idea of ​​a contemporary European music” through its “coherence and the continuity of its commitment”. Two years ago, in 2019 I received Cultures, the Egyptian Lyceum Museum Award de la Msica 2019 for being “one of the greatest active composers and conductors”.

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