Six Centuries of Italian Organ Music


November 26 - Hall 1 - 7 p.m.

Festival and Congress Centre - Varna and Umbri-A Concerto - Italy

under the patronage of  Italian Cultural Institute - Sofia
with the kind cooperation of Foundation Perigiassisi 2019 and Modus hotel - Varna


Six Centuries of Italian Organ Music

Recital of Lorenzo Bonoldi - titular organist of Teatro alla Scala in Milan

In the program:

G. Frescobaldi (1583-1643)                      Toccata VI per l'organo sopra i pedali, e senza
D. Zipoli (1688-1726)                                  Al Post Comunio, Co' Flauti
G. Morandi (1777-1856):                             Il Santo Natale
p. Davide da Bergamo (1791-1863):        Elevazione, Cantabile affettuoso
                                                                         Sinfonia in Re
M. E. Bossi (1861-1925)                             Intermezzo lirico
                                                                         Scherzo in sol minore, op. 49 n. 2
L. Bonoldi (1977)                                          5 Versetti improvvisati su "Ave Maris Stella"
                                                                         (from an improvisation transcribed):
                                                                         - Récit de Cornet
                                                                         - Tema armonizzato
                                                                         - Fanfara
                                                                         - Berceuse
                                                                         - Cortège
                                                                          Fusion Fantasia     

Price of the tickets: 15 lv.

LORENZO BONOLDI was born in 1977 in Bozzolo (Lombardy region, Italy).
After brilliant studies at the Milan Conservatory, in 1998 he graduated in the class of Giancarlo Parodi in Organ and organ composition with 10/10 cum laude. In the same year he graduated also, under Edoardo Filus and Hans Fazzari, in piano. Winner of a scholarship S.I.A.E. (italian society for authors and editors) for the best students of Italian Conservatories, he has won several prizes and awards in national and international competitions.
He has attended various masterclasses, studying with Daniel Roth, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Giancarlo Parodi and Klemens Schnorr and he also studied with interest organ improvisation and composition. (in the class of Giuseppe Colardo) After the courses of organ improvisation with Stefano Rattini and Fausto Caporali, he continued his studies of harmony and improvisation with Pierre Pincemaille in Paris.
In 2003 he won the 2nd prize with the composition for organ "Fusion Fantasy" in the II National Competition of organ composition "Rocco Rodio" Castellana Grotte (Bari). The same piece was performed for the first time in 2005 at the end of his Recital at the organ of the Cathedral of Cremona. In addition to numerous concerts as a soloist and in collaboration with various instrumental and vocal groups, he has been invited as a jury member in organ competitions and he has recorded for Edizioni Cappella Sistina 2 CDs with organ music of the Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci (former Director of the Choir of the Sistine Chapel in Rome) by invitation and directions by the same author, at the organs of the Basilica of St. Maria Maggiore and the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome.
In 2005 he won the international competition for the place of "Organist with the obligation of all keyboard instruments" at the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and since 2008 is officially the titular organist of the theatre. With the Orchestra of La Scala he had the opportunity to play, also as organ soloist, in radio and TV programs, in Italy, Europe, Russia, Middle East, China, USA and Canada, with the most prestigious conductors on the international scene, including which D. Barenboim, Z. Mehta, R. Chailly, D. Gatti, C. Abbado, V. Gergiev, A. Pappano, J. E. Gardiner, C. Hogwood, L. Maazel, G. Pretre. As a soloist he has performed organ among other things, under the direction of Zubin Mehta, the Symphony No.3 "avec orgue" by Saint-Saens in live radio RAI program, and the Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani by Poulenc, under the direction of Marcello Rota, in a series of 7 Ballets.
Enthusiast of romanticsymphonic and modern organ building, he is particularly interested in this repertoire, working also to raise interest on restorations of organs of this type ("Rotelli 1934" Martignana Po and "Vegezzi-Carlo Bossi 1901" Blind Institute of Milan). He also held a conferencelecture at the School of Organ Building in Crema, on "Cavaillé-Coll, its history and its innovations".
From the age of 11 he regularly plays liturgical service in various Churches, including: organist and choir director of the Sanctuary "Madonna della Fontana" Casalmaggiore (Cremona) and assistant organist at the Cathedral in Milan. He is currently organist at the Basilica of San Carlo al Corso, Milan.
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