Merry Christmas, Enrico Presti on avangarde organ music, finding time to practice and comparing yourself to others
By Vidas Pinkevicius (get free updates of new posts here)
First of all, Merry Christmas to all our readers and students around the world!
Ausra and I wish you and your loved ones a blessed time as we gather together to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! We hope you have someone in your life to share this joy with.
If not, let beautiful organ music be your companion too.
It works, I'm told.
Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #74!
Today's guest is an Italian concert organist Enrico Presti. He has attained diploma in Organ with Prof. Wladimir Matesic in Bologna and degree in Computer Science with mention in the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Bologna.
Enrico attended master classes with Marju Riisikamp, Olivier Latry, Peter Planyavsky and Hans-Ola Ericsson. He performed several concerts in Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland (Musée Suisse de l’Orgue), Faroese Islands (Summartónar festival, event coordinated by Italian Institute of Culture in Copenhagen), Finland, Baltic States, United Kingdom (Oxford Queen’s College), France, Sweden, Austria, Russia (St. Petersburg), Czech Republic, Romania, Denmark and Germany.
From 1996 to 1999 he was managing director of the international concert series Organi Antichi, un patrimonio da ascoltare in Bologna; from 2002 to 2007 he was artistic director of the international concert series Musica Coelestis (Ferrara) and from 2003 to 2005 he was co-artistic director of concert series Al centro la musica (Bologna).
Enrico is currently enrolled in the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy at the University of Bologna.
In this conversation we talk about avangarde organ music, finding time to practice and the dangers of comparing yourself to others.
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