The organ plays Rossini with Rossinimania

16 August 2017

Rossinimania returns on Friday 18th August at 11.00 a.m. at the Auditorium Pedrotti, when Giuliana Maccaroni and Martino Pòrcile will offer, in their programme L’organo suona Rossini [the organ plays Rossini], transcriptions of Rossini’s music for four hands at the organ.

The programme includes: Marche du sultan Abdul MejidPas redoubléPetite fanfare, as well as the Overtures to SemiramideTancrediIl barbiere di Siviglia and La gazza ladra.

Giuliana Maccaroni teaches organ at the Conservatorio Tartini, Trieste, is the resident organist of the historic Mascioni organ (1906) of the Chiesa di Cristo Re, Pesaro [Church of Christ the King], and Artistic Director of the international organ festival Vespri d’organo at the Cristo Re church. Her activities as a concert organist take her regularly to guest appearances in prestigious festivals in Italy and abroad: Belgium, Germany, Austria, France, the Czech Republic, the USA, Russia, Siberia, Switzerland, England, Finland, Norway, the Republic of Andorra, and Poland.

Having a particular interest in organ compositions in the operatic style, she has studied the repertoire, playing original compositions and transcriptions. A highlight of her activity has been her collaboration with the organist Martino Pòrcile in concerts of organ music for four hands; they offer programmes ranging from ancient to contemporary music, specializing in the Italian operatic tradition.

Martino Pòrcile took his diploma in organ and composition for organ at the Conservatorio Tartini, Trieste, under Marcello Girotto. At Trieste he also studied Choral Music and Composition. In Italy and abroad he has taken part in numerous master classes in organ playing and performance practice with such world-famous conductors as L. Ghielmi, H. Vogel, M. Radulescu, W. Zerer, Ch. Stembridge.

He has also been invited to take part in important organ festivals in Italy and abroad, both as soloist and in ensemble playing: in Slovenia, Belgium, Germany, Austria, France, the Czech Republic, the USA, Russia, Switzerland, Norway, and Andorra.

He has taught Music and Musical Education in various schools. His interest in the promotion and evaluation of the organ heritage of his native region has led him to catalogue the organs of the diocese of Gorizia and to restore some historic organs. He is the organist and Maestro di Cappella of Pesaro Cathedral.