A graduate of New York's St. Francis Preparatory School and the Madrid Royal Conservatory, where he studied classical piano, oboe, and guitar, Limón began his career as a composer, working with various flamenco artists. 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. After meeting Bebo Valdés and Jerry González, Limón began working in Latin jazz and with Cuban musicians, in addition to his first love, flamenco. He has recorded all over the world, including in the West Bank, Bogotá, Bristol, Paris, Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, New York, and Morocco.
In 2004, Limón was awarded the Latin Grammy for Producer of the Year for his work on five records: Lágrimas Negras by Diego El Cigala and Bebo Valdés; Cositas Buenas by Paco de Lucía; El Cantante by Andrés Calamaro; El Pequeño Reloj by Enrique Morente; Niño Josele by Niño Josele; and Tributo Flamenco A Don Juan Valderrama by various artists. In 2009, Limón was awarded his first Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album for recording Juntos Para Siempre, a series of father-and-son piano duets by Bebo and Chucho Valdés. 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 has gone on to win a total of 10 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.
"In this moment, Javier Limón is one of the most quietly influential figures in Latin music worldwide," said Lawrence Simpson, Berklee provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. "His aesthetic as a composer and producer are at the leading edge of music today, and his enthusiasm for working across musical genres is very much in keeping with the global nature of Berklee.”
- Career Highlights
- Composition and production credits include major albums by renowned artists such as Paco de Lucía, Bebo Valdes, El Cigala, Enrique Morente, Wynton Marsalis, and the acclaimed Spanish singer Concha Buika
- 10-time Latin Grammy Award winner
- Graduate of the Madrid Royal Conservatory