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Giorgio Parolini

Giorgio Parolini, born in 1971, received diplomas in Piano under the direction of Luisella Minini, organ and organ composition with Enzo Corti and harpsichord with Mariolina Porrà. He continued his studies in organ with C. Stella (Spanish Music), H. Vogel (North German Music), P. Planyavsky, K. Schnorr, J. Van Oortmerssen, L. Ghielmi, L. Lohmann (J.S. Bach), R. Saorgin (French music of the Classic period), M.C. Alain (C. Franck), L. Rogg (J.S. Bach, Romantic and modern organ music), F. Delor (F. Couperin, P. Du Mage, J. Alain). In September 1994 he was admitted to the organ and improvisation class of Lionel Rogg at the Superior Conservatory of Music of Geneva where, in 1996, he won the prestigious «Premier Prix de Virtuosité». In 2001 he attended the courses at the Teatro alla Scala Academy for Orchestra Musicians in Milan. In 1992 he won the XVI Edition of the National Organ Competition in Noale (Venice), in 1997 he was the only Italian organist admitted (after an anonymous pre-selection round) at the 2nd Edition of the International «Ville de Paris» Organ Competition, in 1998 he was finalist at the First Edition of the National Harpsichord Competition «G. Gambi» in Pesaro and in 2000 was the only Italian organist admitted (again after a pre-selection round) to the International Organ Competition in Odense (Denmark). As soloist he plays regularly in Italy, Europe and the United States: he has been invited to Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the National Cathedral and National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, to the Cathedrals in Copenhagen, Magdeburg, Brandenburg, Limburg, Minden, Fulda, Ulm, Toledo (OH), Orléans, Bordeaux, St. Malo, Barcelona, the Eglise la Madeleine in Paris, St. Thomas Church - New York, Fourth Presbyterian Church - Chicago, Hallgrimskirkja - Reykjavík, Odense Organ Festival (Denmark) and his recitals are unanimously praised by the public and critics. Contemporary music is important in his wide repertoire: in April 2009 he gave the world’s first performance of Eugenio Maria Fagiani's «Veni Creator Spiritus», he has also given first performances of pieces composed by Lionel Rogg and Denis Bédard. He also co-operates with choirs, instrumental ensembles and instrumental soloists. In 2006 he recorded Mozart’s Fantasia KV594 for a DVD produced by Musicom for Banca Intesa, in 2008 his recital at the Cathedral in Barcelona was recorded by Radio Catalunya, and his concert activity has been the subject of the program «The colours of the organ» transmitted by the Vatican Radio in 2004. He teaches Theory, Solfeggio and Organ at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Cinisello Balsamo (Milan) and, since December 2012, Organ and Organ Composition at the Conservatorio di Musica «G.P. da Palestrina» in Cagliari. From 1995 to 1998 he has been head organist of the Musical Chapel of Monza Cathedral, from 1999 to August 2012 he has been head organist at the Basilica of Sant'Eufemia in Milan.