Swiss Organist Marcelo Giannini comes to Campbellsville

Swiss Organist Marcelo Giannini comes to Campbellsville

Oct. 14, 2015
For Immediate Release




By Shelby Hall, student news writer


CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Marcelo Giannini, principal organist at the Temple of Carouge and professor in the Department of Ancient Music at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland, will be on tour in Kentucky during the week of Oct. 19. 

Marcelo Giannini

He will be performing Campbellsville University’s Noon Organ Recital on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 12:20 p.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 429 N. Central Ave., Campbellsville, Ky.

He will also be performing a full concert that evening at 8 o’clock in Campbellsville University’s Ransdell Chapel, 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville, Ky.   

His program includes works by J.S. Bach, Vierne, Torelli, Franck and many other Swiss and Brazilian composers.


Giannini will be giving a masterclass for Campbellsville University organ students on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 4 until 6 p.m. in Ransdell Chapel. CU students Steven Adams of Bardstown, Ky.; Colleen Ames of Elizabethtown, Ky., and Chia-Yin Chen of Taiwan will be performing in the masterclass on this occasion.


Giannini began his studies of organ and harpsichord in Brazil, his native country.  He continued his studies with Karl Richter in Munich before concluding studies in Lionel Rogg’s class of organ and improvisation at the Geneva Conservatory with a Premier Prix in Virtuosité.


Giannini regularly gives organ recitals throughout Europe and in Brazil. He has collaborated as organist and/or harpsichordist with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Chamber Orchestra of Geneva and the Orchestra Gulbenkian of Lisbonne. 


He has also performed with the Vocal Ensemble of Lausanne and Gulbenkian Choir of Lisbonne under the direction of Michel Corboz, which he has accompanied on tours in Europe, Japan and the United States.


For a number of years he has worked as choral director interpreting major works of the sacred repertoire.  At the same time he has also directed from the harpsichord the Orchestre Gulbenkian of Lisbonne and the Orchestra of Caracas in programs of Baroque music, including the Brandenburg Concertos


More recently he has performed the solo role in Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of Geneva and the Camerata Fukuda of São Paulo as well as Saint-Saëns’s Organ Concerto with the Orchestra Gulbenkian of Lisbonne.


Giannini has recorded several compact discs of organ works by Bach, Franck Reger and Alain in Switzerland and Brazil.  He has also participated in recordings by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Vocal Ensemble of Lausanne with Michel Corboz in J. S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Fauré’s Requiem, and Gounod’s Choral Mass among others.


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