Lunchtime Organ Duet Recital: Alberto Brigandi & Alessandro Urbano

Wed, 11 July 2018 at 12.30pm

On Wednesday 11th July, Alberto Brigandì, Organist, St Joseph's Church, Highgate and Alessandro Urbano, Organiste Titulaire, Eglise Saint-Martin, Dudelange, Luxembourg give organ duet recital of movements of Holst's The Planets.

All are welcome; the recital will be around half an hour and admission is free, with a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral music funds.

Alberto Brigandì is the Organist and Director of Music of St Joseph’s church in Highgate Hill, London. He started at the age of 12 playing keyboard and electronic organ; then he studied organ and composition with Alberto Orio, and piano with Carlo Dominici. In 2003 he obtained the Diploma in Organ and Organ Composition at the Conservatory "S. Giacomantonio" in Cosenza (Italy) in the class of Federico Vallini. In 2013 he obtained the Master of Arts in Organ at the “Haute école de musique” in Geneva (Switzerland) in the class of Alessio Corti, winning the special Prize “Pierre Segond”. He took masterclasses of internationally renowned organists such as Lionel Rogg, Guy Bovet, Marie-Claire Alain, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini and Pierpaolo Turetta. In 2017 he won the 1st prize in the International Organ Competition in Wuppertal, Germany. In 2005 he won the 2nd prize in the National Organ Competition "San Guido d'Acquesana", in Acqui Terme, Italy. In 2000 he obtained the Certificate of Merit at the TIM – Torneo Internazionale della Musica (International music competition). In 2006 he obtained Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering at University "Mediterranea" in Reggio Calabria and in 2009 he obtained the Master’s degree in Engineering and Design of Sound at “Politecnico” in Milan. He regularly performs in concerts, both as soloist and in orchestra, all around Europe: he played in particular at the Philarmonie Essen (Germany), the Cathedrals of Geneva, Luxembourg City, Chelmsford (UK), Messina, Cosenza and San Pietro in Vaticano. In addition, he works as arranger and producer, writing arrangements for ensemble (string, wind, brass) of different styles and genres and realizing productions for songwriters. He also carries out an important work of transcription for organ of orchestral works: among them the transcriptions of "Pictures at an Exhibition" by M. Mussorgsky, “Messa da Requiem” by G. Verdi and “The Planets” by G. Holst for organ 4 hands.

Alessandro Urbano graduated with highest grades in Organ and Harpsichord from Conservatorio Statale in Alessandria. In 2012 he graduated in MA in Maestro al Cembalo from the Haute Ecole de Musique of Geneva with Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, restoring and performing the original version of the Italian opera “Orfeo Dolente” by Domenico Belli (1616) and was awarded the Special Prize Groux-Extermann. In 2014 he obtained his MA diploma in Organ at the Haute Ecole of Geneva with Alessio Corti and was awarded the Special Prize “Pierre Segond” by the City of Geneva. He attended several master classes in Organ, Harpsichord and Choir direction with internationally renowned musicians (Gustav Leonhardt, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Bob van Asperen, Emilia Fadini…). In 2001, he won the 2nd prize at the 5th edition of the International Organ Competition within the International Competition “Franz Schubert”. In 2010, he recorded for the Vatican Radio. The same year, he conducted the Vallotti Orchestra from Vercelli (Italy) in Haendel Resurrection and performed the premiere of an untitled intermezzo by Vincenzo Calderara, presented as “Il segreto svelato” in the Festival Scatola Sonora in 2011. He is the founder musical conductor of the Ensemble L’Armonia degli Affetti (Geneva, Switzerland), winner of the Young Ensemble Residency in Ambronay (France) for 2014, with which he regularly performed together with the famous counter-tenor Carlos Mena (2013) and the Grammy Award nominee tenor Fernando Guimaraes (2015, 2016). In 2017 he played as harpsichordist at the Opera Bastille in Paris and at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva. In his career as organist, Alessandro Urbano has held concerts in Italy, France, Germany and Switzerland, among others in Bamberg (Germany, with the Bamberg University Orchestra), Albi (France, Festival Toulouse les Orgues), Neuchatel, Rome, Geneva (Victoria Hall) and Luxembourg. He is currently titular organist at St. Martin’s Church in Dudelange (Luxembourg, organ Jann /Stahlhuth 1912/2002).

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