Sept. 29, 2017
Organist Giancarlo Parodi will be the second concert in the 46th season of the Saint Vincent College Concert Series at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in Saint Vincent Basilica on the campus of Saint Vincent College. A free reception follows the concert.
Further information and reservations are available by contacting the Concert Series box office at 724-805-2565 or http://concertseries.stvincent.edu. Season tickets are available for $130 (seven premium seats), flex passes are $140 (seven admissions) and single tickets are $25. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before each concert.
Born in Novi Ligure, in the Piedmont region of Italy on July 21, 1938, he graduated with diplomas in piano, organ and organ composition with the highest marks at the Conservatory "Niccolò Paganini" in Genoa. After public examination, he won the Genoa Municipal scholarship as the best graduate of the year and obtained his diploma in music and choral teaching in the Magistrale Institutes and in the middle schools where he began his didactic experience.
Following a national competition and examination in 1968, he was awarded the chair of organ and organ composition at the "Bonporti" Conservatory of Music in Trent (1969-1986) and afterward at the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milan where he remained until his retirement in 2002.
He is professor emeritus of principal organ at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome and is currently a professor of organ at the Diocesan School of Music "Santa Cecilia" in Brescia.
He held for two years the position of director of the Giacomo Puccini Music Institute in Gallarate. He has worked for a considerable number of years as a teacher at the Lower Venegono Seminary of the Diocese of Milan and at the Diocesan School of Sacred Music in Trent.
Since 1963 he has held the position of principal organist of the Roman Minor Basilica of S. Maria Assunta of Gallarate, and was president of the Association of Italian Church Organists for five years. He has been a member of the Diocesan Society of Sacred Music in Milan for more than 40 years, is founder and honorary chairman of the “Renato Lunelli" Association of Organists in Trent and the founder of the Franzosinian Studies Center of Intra (Piedmont).
He has conducted seminars on musical language and the forms of instrumental and vocal music at the University of Trent (14 years), at the University of the Third Age of the same city and at the Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music (PIMS) in Rome.
He has held numerous master classes at the University of Seoul, the Catholic University of Busan, the Ambrosian Academy of Chamber Music in Milan, the Musical Institute "Folcioni" of Crema, the Music Association of Trecastagni, the "Lunelli" Association of Organists in Trent, the Abbey of Montecassino, the Italian Academy of Organ Music in Pistoia, the Diocesan School of Music in Brescia, the Music Association "Musica Temporis" in Lucca, the Conservatories of Music of Antalya, Cremona, Piacenza, Palermo, Lugano, Bellinzona, Gdansk (Danzig) and others.
He has held lecture-recitals and master classes for Cambridge University, the Music Academy of Gdansk and Warsaw, at the Organ Festival in Stockholm, Protestant Theological University of Seoul, Catholic University of Busan, "Episcopal Department of Liturgical Music" in Mexico, for Radio Switzerland, for Association of Organists in Ticino, in various venues of Italian Youth Music, for Major Seminary of the Diocese of Milan in Venegono, for the Roman Polyphonic Choir of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, Rome, for the "In Tempore Organi" of Arona, for "Cremona Italian Association of Organists," for Conservatory of Aquila, the Conservatory of Brescia, Conservatory of Trento, various other Music Conservatories and other musical institutions, state and private schools. He has collaborated for many years with the "Alto Novarese" High School of Verbania.
He has presented papers and conferences at: the Catholic University of Milan, the University of Palermo, the Conservatory of Novara, the Province of Trent, the Philharmonic Academy of Trent, as well as in Genoa, Vicenza, Nuoro, Ravenna; training sessions for the clergy of the dioceses of Milan, Venice, Padua, Brescia, Trento, Vittorio Veneto, Chiavari and Reggio Calabria.
His intense concert activity as a soloist and in collaboration with orchestras, instrumentalists, choirs and singers has brought him all over Italy, across Europe, Russia, Siberia, the USA, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, the Dominican Republic, offering him the possibility to perform in the most significant and important venues, including: the Academy of France (Villa Medici of Rome, live radio), Moscow's Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Kazan Auditorium, Samara, Perm, Omsk, University of Seoul, the Cathedral of Kwan-Ju, Su-won Duomo, St. Francis Cathedral, Fresno's Theater (California), London's Westminster Abbey, Notre Dame, Paris, St. Lorenz and St. Sebaldus of Nuremberg, Stettino Castle, Abbey of Melk, Tokyo, Kanazawa, Rejkyawik, Avignon International, Vienna, Edinburgh, Chester, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela, Pamplona, Loyola, Leon Cathedral, Lugano, Basel, Budapest, Zagreb, Torreon and Morelia, Vilnius, St. Peter's in Rome, Milan Cathedral, St. Mark's of Venice, San Vitale of Ravenna, St. Maria Maggiore of Bergamo, Cathedral of Lucca, Montecassino, Malaga, Gdansk, Warsaw, Bolzano, Messina Cathedral, Sanctuary of LaVerna, the Antoniano di Bologna, Duomo di Arezzo, Aosta, Pisa, Cremona, Mantua, Perugia, Trieste, Bari, Palermo, Pesaro, Verdi Hall of Milan, Verona Philharmonic Theater, the Genoa Liturgical Apostolate, Conservatory of Genoa, Conservatories of Bolzano, Turin, Rovigo, University of Tubingen, University of Malaga, Normal University of Pisa, Catholic University of Sacred Heart of Milan, University of Trento, University of Palermo and others.
On several occasions he has been organist for liturgical celebrations presided over by the Holy Father, including that at St. Peter's in Rome for Centenary of Lorenzo Perosi. He also performed concerts as pianist and harpsichordist. He has collaborated with the Italian Association of St. Cecilia (AISC), holding conferences and concerts.
The most qualified national and international critics have recognized his ability to propose with interpretative clarity, style and taste, a vast repertoire including ancient, romantic, modern and contemporary organ schools. His performances have always received highly positive reviews by the press. Given the considerable number of reviews, some examples may be mentioned: Frankfurter Allgemeinde Zeitung, Nurnberger Zeitung, Svenska Darblandet (Stockholm) Gtos Szcsecski, Gdansk Journal, Ticino Courier, Basel Zeitung, San Francisco Press, The Press Democrats, Italian Americans, Vellkblat Darmstadter Echo, Palma Mallorcan Newspaper, Lietuvos Aidas, several Russian newspapers, La Stampa, Il Tempo, The Roman Observer, The Nation, Il Resto del Carlino, The Journal of the South, Catholic Studies, Civilta’ Cattolica, La Mattina, Il Tempo, South Tyrol, Il Messaggero, Instruments and Music, Stereoplay, Il Corriere della Sera, Il Piccolo, The Official Gazette of Parma, The Future, The Corriere di Arezzo , Organ and Organ Art, Il Tirreno, La Provincia.
Composers of fame have dedicated pieces for organ to him, including D. Bartolucci, V. Miserachs Grau, G. Viozzi, T. Zardini, A. Zanon, P. Conti, A. Solbiati, R. Dionisi, A. Mascagni, L. Espinosa, E. Michelotti, C. Moser, L. Molfino, N. Vitone, L. Migliavacca, G. Pedemonti, G. Bellucci, I. Bianchi, C. Vaira, G. Facchinetti, F. Valdambrini, P. Ugoletti, A. Martorell, G. Radole, I. Danieli, S. Presciuttini, R. Olzer, A. Donini, F. Tasini, L. Bonoldi, L. Garbini, A. Mazzanti. P. Ferrario, R. Bracesco, V. Pasceri, and others.
He has done numerous recordings on television, cinema and radio for state and private institutions, both Italian and foreign. He has produced numerous recordings: over seventy LPs and CDs, with music by JS Bach and the Bach family, G. Valeri's sonatas, 12 Sonatas by Rampini (first world recording) and by various composers of the 1700s, the1800s and 1900s. His recent achievements in recordings include: the entire music for Harpsichord by Domenico Bartolucci; music by Italian contemporary authors; unpublished music from the Conservatory Library in Brescia; Mozart's music for organ; compositions by composers of Trent, music from the Italian 18th century and other miscellaneous recordings; two CDs of the historical organ of the Church of Suisio (Bergamo) with 19th century Italian music and the great organ of the Cathedral of Cremona with significant works of authors belonging to various schools of the nineteenth century. To make the recordings of ancient music he has always chosen organs of certain documentary value for their originality, historicity and artistic-monumental validity.
He was invited to join the jury of the International Organ Competition "Pachelbel" in Nuremberg, the International Organ Competition "Ciurlionis" in Vilnius (Lithuania), the International Competition "Sweelinck" in Gdansk, the Kaltern International Organ Competition, the National Competition for Organists "City of Viterbo," of the National Organ Competition "Monserrato" of Vallelonga in Calabria, of the Organ Competition "Bucchi" in Rome, of the International Organ Competition “Callido” of Borca di Cadore, of the Organ Competition "Spinelli" of Cassina Amata, the "Schubert" international competition in Cremolino, the Battipaglia Competition, the Acqui Terme Competition, the Ovada Competition, the "Delle Arti" Ministerial Competition at the Conservatory of Bologna and Turin, the Trent-Bolzano Competition, and of composition contests, choral performances and sacred music.
He is a member of the Accademia degli Agiati di Rovereto, Accademia degli Accesi and of Buonconsiglio di Trent, at the University of Bergamo Sciences and Arts. He is Commendatore "Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana," Knight Commander of the "Order of St. Gregory the Great" of the Apostolic See - Vatican City. Rotary Club of the Busto-Gallarate-Castellanza Club "La Malpensa" and was twice awarded the honorary title "Paul Harris Fellow" of Rotary International: Gallarate (1990), Lucca (2015). He is an honorary member of the Italian Blind Union, headquartered in Trento.
The Italian Association of Church Organizers awarded him the Career Award. The Bishop of Trent awarded him the diploma with silver medal in recognition of his work as a diocese teacher and concert artist; the City of Gallarate awarded him the "Due Galli" prize; the newspaper "La Prealpina" of Varese, on the occasion of the centenary of the foundation, included him in the well-deserved citizens of the province and with a public ceremony gave him a diploma with a gold medal; the "In Novitate" Cultural Association of the City of Novi Ligure awarded him the Golden Tower Award with a public ceremony in the Municipal Palace in 1997.
Photo: Organist Giancarlo Parodi
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