Karl Jenkins counts be the world's most prolific and most performed composers in the field of classical crossover, World Music, New Age .... But EMI Classics published choral work "The Armed man: A Mass For Peace" was more than 700 times in 20 different countries listed. The CD was 173 weeks long in the UK charts, got 17 times gold and platinum. Even Jenkins' six "Adiemus" albums have sold millions of copies and have been awarded worldwide with silver, gold and platinum. "Adiemus IV - The Eternal Knot" - was also the soundtrack of the major television documentary "The Celts".
The world sings, dances and makes music - Polyphonic and in the traditions of the various continents. When you hear Karl Jenkins' music, you might feel that awaited reconciliation between the peoples and countries of the world had long been a reality, so informal and convincing the composer combines the musical corners and niches of humanity in his scores - World music in the best and comprehensive sense! this is demonstrated by his latest EMI Classics publications - the album "Quirk" with concerts for various instruments, his choral albums "Stabat Mater" and "Requiem" and his Christmas album "Stella Natalis", which appears in November of 2009.
Born in 1944 in South Wales, Karl Jenkins was educated at Gowerton Grammar School, Cardiff University and at the London Royal Academy of Music. As a jazz oboist and multi-instrumentalist, he worked with musicians such as Ronnie Scott. In 1971 he was a founding member of the "nucleus", which won the first prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Jenkins was also a member of the jazz-rock group "Soft Machine", which was one of the most creative and innovative bands of the 1970s.
For years composed Karl Jenkins fOr Advertising (Levis, British Airways) and television (BBC, NBC and NHK). Long is the list of his awards, including the "Golden Lion" in Cannes. In 2005, he honored the Queen with an Order of the British Empire. He has also been included in the "Hall of Fame" (highest Placed living composer) of Classics FM. As Doctor of Music Karl Jenkins has held professorships and honorary doctorates at five universities or conservatories, including at the University of Wales and the Royal Academy of Music.
Karl Jenkins has several large commissions composed, among others, for the Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales (Concerto for Two Harps), for the Master of the Armouries and the Tower of London ( "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace") fOr BBC Proms ( "song for Eden"), BBC Television (the oratorio "Dewi Sant") and works for the London Symphony Orchestra, fOr Lesley Garrett, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Evelyn Glennie and fOr Bryn Terfel. In addition, Jenkins has also hymns for international institutions such as UNESCO, for the Welsh Development Agency and for the election campaign for the parliamentary elections in Wales composed.
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