Lunchtime Organ Recital: Loreto Aramendi
Wed, 20 March 2019 at 12.30pm
On Wednesday 20th March Loreto Aramendi (Organista titular, Basílica Santa María del Coro, San Sebastián, Spain) gives a lunchtime organ recital at St Albans Cathedral
All are welcome; the recital will last around 30 minutes and admission is free, with a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral music funds.
Toccata in F BuxWV 156 Dieterich Buxtehude
Funérailles Franz Liszt (transcribed by Louis Robilliard)
Danse macabre Camille Saint-Saëns (transcribed by Louis Robilliard)
Choral-Improvisation sur le 'Victimae Paschali' Charles Tournemire
Loreto Aramendi is an international concert artist and principal organist of the Cavaillé-Coll organ (1863) of the Basilica of Santa María del Coro in San Sebastián, Spain.
She has given numerous recitals at international festivals in USA, Japan, Canada, Argentina and most of European countries performing in places like Ópera City Hall of Tokyo, Auditorio Nacional of Madrid (Bach-Varmut), Notre Dame de Paris, Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavik, Saint Patrick's Cathedral, New York, and Stavanger Konserthus.
In 2015 she published a double CD recorded on the Cavaillé-Coll organ (1863) of the Basilica of Santa María del Coro with works by Franck, Liszt, Brahms and Tournemire, which received the 4 stars award from Choir & Organ Magazine, and was acclaimed by The Sydney Organ Journal. In 2017 she published another double CD recorded on The Cavaillé-Coll of the Saint Ouen of Rouen Abbey with Louis Robilliard transcriptions acclaimed by the critics.
Interested in the pipe organ building process, she has collaborated and participated since 2014 in several organ restoration projects in France and Spain.
She started her studies at the Conservatoire of San Sebastián where she obtained higher degrees in piano, harpsichord, organ and chamber music with Loreto F. Imaz, Esther Mendiburu and Cristina Navajas. She studied organ at the National Regional Conservatoire of Bayonne with Bernadette Carrau and Esteban Landart, receiving the Gold Medal and the First Prize upon completing the Advanced Degree course.
Entering into the National Higher Conservatoire of Lyon (C.N.S.M.D), she worked with Jean Boyer, Louis Robilliard and J. Von Oortmersen, obtaining the First Prize with ”Mention trés bien” and her National Diploma of Advanced Studies with specialisation in the organ. She was awarded scholarships from the local government of Guipuzkoa for two years, as well as from the Lartundo Foundation.
She then furthered her studies over a period of five years at the National Regional Superior Conservatoire in Paris with Noelle Spieth, receiving the First Prize upon finalizing her Advanced Degree in the harpsichord and her General Music Studies Diploma. At the same time, she studied the piano with J. Rouvier.
She studied the piano for three years in Barcelona with Edith Fischer and Jorge Pepi. She has completed advanced courses with professors such as M. Radulescu, J. Oortmersen, W. Jansen, D. Moroney, R. Requejo, Roberto Szidon and Sakharov, amongst others.
She has collaborated with the Basque Symphony Orchestra for many years, with whom she has recorded two discs. She gives concerts as a soloist and as part of different groups as an organist, pianist, and harpsichord player, embracing all periods and styles into her repertoire. At the same time, she has a degree in Psychology from the University of the Basque Country (UPV). She is currently a professor at the F. Escudero Conservatoire in San Sebastián.
Her commitments for the next years include recitals in Japan, USA, France, Spain, Russia, Islande, Italy, Germany, England, Switzerland, Luxemburg and Norway.