Javier Limón Appointed to Spanish National Council of Performing Arts and Music

By 
Agustina Covián
August 19, 2015
Javier Limón

Javier Limón, artistic director of Berklee's Mediterranean Music Institute and Berklee Latino, has been appointed as a member of the Spanish National Council of Performing Arts and Music. Limón, who was chosen for the position for his prestige and expertise, will serve as the advisor representing the Spanish music industry for a minimum term of two years.

The Spanish National Council of Performing Arts and Music was created by the Spanish Ministry of Culture to promote communication, cooperation, and the exchange of opinions in the fields of performing arts and music. The council is also responsible for channeling arts and music project requests to the government.

Limón, a composer, producer, and performing artist, graduated from the Madrid Royal Conservatory, where he studied piano and guitar. He is an active composer and producer who began his career composing for flamenco artists but has since expanded his work to include composition for Latin jazz and Cuban musicians. His many composition and production credits include major albums by renowned artists such as Paco de Lucía, Bebo Valdés, Diego El Cigala, Enrique Morente, Wynton Marsalis, Anoushka Shankar, Mariza, and Concha Buika.

Recording from Bogotá to Paris and New York to Palestine, Limón incorporates a decidedly international vibe in his take on the traditions of flamenco. Raised in Spain, he traveled to New York City at an early age to train in American arts schools, where he was discovered for his potent lyricism and composition.

Employed by powerhouses of the flamenco world such as Morente and Remedios Amaya, Limón has proven he has the ability to weave fairy tales with his unique twists on the genre. He earned a Latin Grammy in 2004 for Producer of the Year, and has gone on to win a total of seven Latin Grammys, one Grammy, and many more nominations.

Limón has combined several professional occupations in the worlds of art and communication. Although he has mainly focused on composition and the production of albums, film scores, and television shows, his work as a communicator and teacher is equally impressive.