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Montserrat Torrent

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Montserrat Torrent i Serra (born in Barcelona in 1926) is an Spanish organist .

Biography[edit]

Born in 1926 in Barcelona. She started her Music studies as a pianist with her mother who was pupil of Enrique Granados. She studied in Escuela Marshall and in the Conservatorio Superior Municipal de Música de Barcelona. Later, she studied in París (with Nöelie Pierront), thanks to a grant beca from Institut Français; and in Siena (with Ferdinando Germani and Helmuth Rilling), granted by Fundación Juan March.

Activity[edit]

Appointed Organ teacher at Conservatorio Municipal de Barcelona, she started her career performing in Europe, United States of America and South America, focusing in organ as a popular music instrument.

In 1962, she founded the Organ Friends Association (Associació d'Amics de l'Orgue), with the aim of publicizing Organ Music and preserving historic organs in Spain. She also worked together with Ars Musicae de Barcelona, a group of pioneers of Ancient Music and period performance of Spanish and European music.

Awards[edit]

Montserrat Torrent has been awarded with the following distinctions:

Grand Prix du Disque "Charles Cross" for her recording of music of Cabanilles (1965).Creu de Sant Jordi from Catalan Government (1995).Académica correspondiente at Real Academia de Bellas Artes de Granada (1995).Medalla de Plata del Mérito Artístico de Bellas Artes from Ministerio de Cultura (1996).Premio Nacional de Música (1996).Medalla de Oro al Mérito Artístico from Ayuntamiento de Barcelona (1997).Medalla del Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid (2001).Medalla del Mérito al Trabajo "Francesc Macià" from Catalan Government (2001)Doctora Honoris Causa por la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (2008).