The singer and composer Christina Rosenvinge (Madrid, 1964) has been distinguished this Thursday with the National Prize of Current Music. The jury highlighted "the emotional potential of his work and his search process for his own musical personality", as well as the quality of his compositional facet and his live performances. This award, granted annually by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, is endowed with 30,000 euros. The jury underlines Rosenvinge's "talent and credibility of his genuine professional career, traits that find a clear expression in his most recent works."
In a telephone conversation with EL PAÍS, the artist has acknowledged that it has been "a huge surprise". "I dont believe it. I was working on the book that I published next year and I did not want to pick up the phone. There was an unknown number calling insistently and I've already taken it. It turns out that it was the Ministry of Culture to tell me that I had been awarded. I did not know what was on the table of candidates, "says the singer, who released the album this year. A blond man, a work that follows its usual classical wake of pop-rock. "I'm in the clouds. As if I had touched the lottery without having bought the ticket, "he sentenced.
Last year the prize went to Javier Ruibal and now Rosenvinge shares this privileged recognition with him and with artists of the stature of Serrat, Martirio, Kiko Veneno, Santiago Auserón, Amaral, Jorge Pardo or Luz Casal. "Symbolically this prize is very powerful. You feel that you have contributed something to the Culture, "he says.
Rosenvinge, who reached popularity as a teenage pop icon, is one of the most experienced Spanish singer-songwriters and is considered a reference for Spanish independent pop rock, thanks to albums like Your upper lip (2008) and The young Dolores (2011). His latest works are Ours (2015) and A blond man. However, her path to consolidation in the national pop was never a path of roses, as she recognizes. "It's great that your effort is recognized. But it was not always easy. There have been many years that I had difficult for the path I chose. It was not pleasant. It has always called me to go aside not so popular or with such economic reward and it was not always easy, "he says.
The singer jumped to fame at the end of the eighties with the duo Álex and Cristina, along with the composer and instrumentalist Álex de la Nuez, with whom she would record two albums before separating at the beginning of the nineties. Daughter of Danish father and English mother, had made debut before like singer and composer in the band She and the Tires, during the movida Madrilenian to happen, later, to comprise of White Magic, where it would know De la Nuez. In 1991 he created the band Christina and Los Subterráneos, with which he released the album Let me lightning, successful both nationally and in South America, where he triumphed in countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Venezuela and Panama. In 1994, year in which they edit their second and final work, My little animal, he meets Lee Ranaldo, guitarist of Sonic Youth, with whom he would work in several productions as a soloist.
Now, in full disc tour A blond man, is working on a book that is expected to be published in 2019 and will try to explain "the odyssey of being a musician". But today and tomorrow he recognizes that he will make a break in his work, both in the writing of the book and in everything else. "I will invite all my team to eat. In the last four years there are many anonymous people who have done an excellent job with me. I will share it with them and also reinvest it in future musical projects. "
Between the distinguished ones in previous calls with the National Prize of Present Music are: Javier Ruibal (2017), Martirio (2016), Jorge Pardo (2015), Carmen Paris (2014), Luz Casal (2013), Kiko Veneno (2012) , Santiago Auserón (2011), Amaral (2010) and Joan Manuel Serrat (2009).