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Pedro Memelsdorff


Born in Buenos Aires, music director, recorder player and medievalist Pedro Memelsdorff emigrated to Europe in 1977, studying both at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, and the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, and obtained a Ph.D. in Musicology at Utrecht University.

As a member of Jordi Savall's ensemble Hesperion XX since 1981 and of a duo with Andreas Staier since 1984, he has performed all over the world. In 1987 he founded the late-medieval ensemble Mala Punica, with which he has released a series of highly acclaimed recordings.

As a researcher into late-medieval repertoires and their sources he was a Fellow of Villa I Tatti-Harvard (Florence) and is now an Affiliate Researcher at the universities of Utrecht and Tours, as well as a member of the scientific boards of the Journal of the Alamire Foundation, the Miami Bach Society, and the Ars nova series of LIM, Libreria Musicale Italiana. 

Memelsdorff has been tenured and guest professor in several institutions in Europe, America and Japan, and director of the Masters in Early Music at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona (Spain). He served as the Director of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basle, Switzerland) and since 2006, he is the tenured Director of the Early Music Seminars at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice (Italy). In Spring 2010 he was Ernest-Bloch lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley and in 2014 a Distinguished Blodgett Artist at Harvard University. He is the artistic director of the festival Festtage Alte Musik Basel.