Cristóbal Halffter is one of the most reknowned contemporary composers of Spain. Born in 1930 in Madrid, he spent part of his youth in Germany. After a period as teacher, and Director of the Real Conservatorio de Música in Madrid, he set out on an international career as conductor and composer.
Numerous prizes and honorary titles attest the enormous significance and influence of Halffter’s music. Cristóbal Halffter was awarded Germany’s Federal Cross of Merit and the Goethe Medal. In 1981 King Juan Carlos of Spain presented the composer for his services to music the Golden Medal of the Academy of the Fine Arts.
He is a member of the Academy of the Fine Arts San Fernando in Madrid, and holds honorary doctorates from the University of León and the University Complutense in Madrid. In 1994 he received the Montaigne Prize of the Hamburg F.V.S. Foundation in recognition for the humanitarian content of his music, his significance for Spanish musical life, and his contribution to musical culture in Spain.
In 1995 he was awarded the European Prize for Composition.