Artistic Director

  • Massimiliano Guido

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    Massimiliano Guido is a Senior Researcher at the Musicology and Cultural Heritage Department of Pavia University, where he teaches courses on History of Musical Instruments and Music Theory. He previously served as Banting Post Doctoral Fellow (2012-14) and PDRF Fellow (2011) at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, where he worked on historical improvisation at the keyboard. In 2013-14 he was the principal investigator of the international research project Improvisation in Classical Music Education: Rethinking our Future by Learning our Past, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (www.mentemani.org/Connection). He organized two international conferences on improvisation and he is the editor of Studies in Historical Improvisation: from Cantare super Librum to Partimenti (Routledge, 2017).
    He holds degrees in musicology (Pavia Univ. Doctorate and Laurea, Göteborg Univ. Master of Music Research), organ (Parma Conservatory) and harpsichord (Como Conservatory). His writings cover a variety of subjects, such as music theory, performance practice, organ building, and art song.
    He is the chair of the Interest Group on Improvisation of the Society of Music Theory. He is also active as organist, harpsichordist, and clavichordist.

Steering Committee

  • Edoardo Maria Bellotti

    Edoardo Bellotti is Associate Professor of Organ, Harpsichord and Improvisation at Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester). He has extensive teaching experience, having been Professor of Organ, Harpsichord and Improvisation in several musical institutions and universities including the Conservatory of Trossingen and the University of Bremen in Germany, the University of Udine and the Conservatory of Trento in Italy.
    A virtuoso organist and renowned improviser, Bellotti performs at leading festivals and concert venues throughout the world. He is currently collaborating in a project of new organ music and visual art in Milan, in conjunction with the art installation of the American minimalist Dan Flavin. He has performed the complete works of Cesar Franck, and has worked with orchestras in Italy and abroad, performing a wide spectrum of repertoire, including the Italian premiere of Satyagraha by Philip Glass. He is also considered a leading expert in the performance of renaissance and baroque keyboard music.
    He combines his international performing career with musicological research and teaching, publishing articles as well as new critical editions of music of the 17th and 18th centuries. He is a frequent guest lecturer at international conferences. He has made several critically acclaimed recordings on historical instruments, including Promenade (Loft Recordings), a recording of organ repertoire and original improvisations on the Eastman School of Music’s Italian baroque organ at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester.

  • Lorenzo Ghielmi

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    Lorenzo Ghielmi is organist on the Ahrend organ (1991) at the Basilica di San Simpliciano in Milan, where he performed from 1992 to 1994 the complete organ works of J.S. Bach. He gives concerts throughout Europe, Japan and the USA as an organist and harpsichordist. He has made many radio and CD recordings (including for Teldec, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Ars Musici, and Winter & Winter). He plays with his instrumental ensemble La Divina Armonia and in duet with his younger brother Vittorio Ghielmi (viola da gamba and harpsichord). In France, he received the Diapason d’Or for his recordings of Bruhns and Bach. He also played organ & harpsichord in the first recordings of Il Giardino Armonico.
    Lorenzo Ghielmi, teaches organ, harpsichord and early music at the Milan Accademia Internazionale della Musica. He also taught for several years as invited professor in Trossingen and at the Hoschule für Musik in Lübeck. He is often invited to sit on juries for international organ competitions (Toulouse, Tokyo, Bruges, Freiberg, Maastricht, Lausanne, Nuremberg, Landsberg, Chartres). He also gives lectures and master-classes in many institutions of music, including the prestigious Haarlem’s Summer-Academy. He was the main artistic consultant for the new Mascioni organ constructed at Tokyo cathedral.
    Lorenzo Ghielmi combines his concert activities with a passion for musicological research. He has published editions of music by Girolamo Frescobaldi and composers from Milan, as well as studies on 16th and 17th century organ building, and on the interpretation of works of Bach. Recently he has written a book on Nicolaus Bruhns’s organ works.

  • Joel Speerstra


    Joel Speerstra is a Senior Researcher at the Göteborg Organ Art Center and a Lecturer at the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg. He is active as an instrument builder, performer, teacher, and musicologist.
    He studied the organ with William Porter and David Boe at Oberlin Conservatory before continuing in Europe on several grants that allowed him to study organ and clavichord with Harald Vogel as well as instrument building with John Barnes.
    The bulk of his recent concert-playing has been divided between the organ and the clavichord, often linked directly to a conference, masterclass or summer course.
    With Per Anders Terning has built more than fifty pedal clavichords, and manual clavichords, for individuals and institutions in Europe, North America, and Asia. He is a recent recipient of the Hilding Rosenberg prize in Musicology from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

Teachers

  • Enrico Baiano

    Enrico Baiano (Naples, 1960) is an Italian harpsichordist and fortepianist, known on the international stage as a virtuoso and strict interpreter of early music.
    Baiano has earned a number of international awards including the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Diapason d’Or, Choc de la Musique and Platte des Monats. He has written Method for Harpsichord: A practical guide for Pianists, Organists and Harpsichordists published by Ut Orpheus and translated into five languages. He has performed at the most renowned early music festivals in Europe, Israel and Japan with repertoire ranging from 16th to 21st century. He is one of the co-founders of the Italian ensemble “Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini”, with whom he has played and recorded from 1986 to 2000. He has also played with the Neapolitan contemporary music ensemble “Dissonanzen”, with Piccolo concerto “Wien” and with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra.[2] He took part in two documentary films directed by Francesco Leprino: ‘Un gioco ardito – dodici variazioni tematiche su Domenico Scarlatti’ and ‘Sul nome B.a.c.h.’.

  • Edoardo Maria Bellotti

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    Edoardo Bellotti is Associate Professor of Organ, Harpsichord and Improvisation at Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester). He has extensive teaching experience, having been Professor of Organ, Harpsichord and Improvisation in several musical institutions and universities including the Conservatory of Trossingen and the University of Bremen in Germany, the University of Udine and the Conservatory of Trento in Italy.
    A virtuoso organist and renowned improviser, Bellotti performs at leading festivals and concert venues throughout the world. He is currently collaborating in a project of new organ music and visual art in Milan, in conjunction with the art installation of the American minimalist Dan Flavin. He has performed the complete works of Cesar Franck, and has worked with orchestras in Italy and abroad, performing a wide spectrum of repertoire, including the Italian premiere of Satyagraha by Philip Glass. He is also considered a leading expert in the performance of renaissance and baroque keyboard music.
    He combines his international performing career with musicological research and teaching, publishing articles as well as new critical editions of music of the 17th and 18th centuries. He is a frequent guest lecturer at international conferences. He has made several critically acclaimed recordings on historical instruments, including Promenade (Loft Recordings), a recording of organ repertoire and original improvisations on the Eastman School of Music’s Italian baroque organ at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester.

  • Armando Carideo

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    Armando Carideo, born in Torremaggiore (FG) in 1944, studied piano, organ and composition with Maestro Antonio Demonte, organist of the Cathedral of Turin; after which he specialized in musical paleography at the Institute of Musical Paleography in Rome.
    He combines his concert activity with the profession of musicologist and organologist, publishing essays of musicology and history of organ.
    The assiduous research in Italian and European libraries led to the discovery of important musical sources published in a critical edition by the publishing house “Ut Orpheus” of Bologna.
    Since 2000 he took the direction of sources collection for keyboard of the Historical Italian Organ Institute.
    He recorded his first CD (1998) with music by F. Fierce for the label Esperia.
    He has collaborated with the Superintendents of Lazio and Abruzzo as an expert for the cataloging and restoration of historic organs. From 1996 to 2000 he was organist of the organ Feliciano FAITHFUL (1726) in the Basilica of St. Bernardino in L’Aquila. He is currently organist organ of Philip Head (1701) in the Basilica of St. Maria in Trastevere (Rome).
    Since 2005 he teachs at the Smarano International Organ Academy (Trento).
    Professor of History of Musical Instruments at the University of Rome Tor Vergata 2000-2009.
    Author of the first critical edition of Bernardo Pasquini keyboard works.

  • Francesco Di Lernia

    Francesco Di Lernia (born in Foggia, Italy, 1962) studied organ in Italy (Foggia and Bologna) and in Germany at Lübeck Academy of Music from 1987 to 1992 with Martin Haselböck. At the conclusion of his studies he gained the organ concert diploma with distinction.
    Active as concert performer, he has played in the most prestigious festivals and music centres of Europe, U.S. and Asia, as organist and with instrumental ensembles (Wiener Akademie, Jugendsymphonieorchester Europas, Athestis Consort, Wiener Philharmoniker, etc.) recording as well for various television and radio networks.
    He edited the complete organ works of Johann Kaspar Kerll and Antonio Caldara for Universal Edition in Vienna. Professor for organ and composition at the Conservatory of Music “Umberto Giordano” in Foggia, he is invited to give master classes and conferences throughout Europe, U.S. and Asia specially on subjects concerning renaissance and baroque music from Italy and South of Germany. He has been a jury member for national and international organ competitions.
    His CD recording are published by Tactus, Jubal Records, Novalis, Carus, Dynamic, E Lucevan Le Stelle, some of these awarded with international prizes (5 Diapason, Amadeus best cd of the month, Goldberg 5 stars, etc.).

  • Sietze de Vries

    Sietze de Vries is internationally active both as a concert organist and church musician. His organ teachers included, among others, Wim van Beek and Jos van der Kooy, the latter with whom De Vries also studied improvisation, as well as with Jan Jongepier. In addition to his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees he also holds the Dutch professional church music certificate with a specialisation in improvisation. Sietze de Vries won no fewer than 15 prizes at various national and international organ competitions, some whilst still a student at the Conservatoria of Groningen and The Hague. These included his first prize at the Haarlem International Organ Improvisation Competition in 2002.
    Since 2000, Sietze de Vries has been in demand throughout the world. In addition to his performances in Europe, he has also travelled to the United States, Canada, South Africa, Russia and Australia. As an (improvisation) teacher he is international demand, in addition to his post at the Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen.
    In addition to his work as a performer and teacher, Sietze is especially well known for his leading of organ tours, lecturing, giving masterclasses and developing programmes which bring children into contact with the organ. His commitment to developing young talent is also reflected in his role accompanying the Roden Boys’ Choir, the Roden Girl Choristers and the Kampen Boys’ Choir. He has published articles in various international magazines about church music, organ building and improvisation and is the organ building editor for the Dutch magazine ‘Het Orgel’.
    Sietze de Vries is organist of the Martinikerk in Groningen and Artistic Director of the Groningen Organ Education Centre which promotes the collection of historic organs in the Groningen province from its base at the Petruskerk in Leens.

  • Peter Schubert

    Peter Schubert came to Montreal from New York City, where he founded and directed Opera Uptown and The New Calliope Singers, a group renowned for its commitment to modern music during its fifteen-year career. The group presented over fifty premieres and released a critically acclaimed CD entitled “New Cantatas and Madrigals.”
    Since 1991, he has conducted the highly respected Montreal-based group, The Orpheus Singers. Under his direction, the group has placed as a finalist several times the CBC Competition for Amateur Choruses, winning first prize in the chamber chorus category in 1996. The Orpheus Singers has presented premieres of several new Canadian works and participated in a CD of the musical compositions of Freidrich Nietzsche.
    In 1998, Peter Schubert founded VivaVoce, a professional vocal ensemble, to stimulate interest in choral chamber music ranging from the Renaissance to the day before yesterday. By presenting unique, interactive “commentated concerts” in schools and concert halls, VivaVoce delights and entertains it audiences of all ages, instilling in them a deeper understanding of their musical heritage.
    Schubert holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Columbia University, which gives him a rich base on which to draw for his commentated concerts. Currently an Associate Professor at the McGill University Faculty of Music, Schubert is the author of a groundbreaking and highly regarded textbook, Modal Counterpoint, Renaissance Style (Oxford University Press, 1999). With colleague Christoph Neidhoefer he also co-authored Baroque Counterpoint (Prentice-Hall, 2005).
    Peter Schubert studied conducting with Nadia Boulanger, Helmuth Rilling, Jacques-Louis Monod and David Gilbert and has been assistant to Gregg Smith and Agnes Grossman. He has published an edition of Renaissance Noels as well as his own innovative arrangements of five popular Christmas carols with C.F. Peters.

  • Joel Speerstra


    Joel Speerstra is a Senior Researcher at the Göteborg Organ Art Center and a Lecturer at the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg. He is active as an instrument builder, performer, teacher, and musicologist.
    He studied the organ with William Porter and David Boe at Oberlin Conservatory before continuing in Europe on several grants that allowed him to study organ and clavichord with Harald Vogel as well as instrument building with John Barnes.
    The bulk of his recent concert-playing has been divided between the organ and the clavichord, often linked directly to a conference, masterclass or summer course.
    With Per Anders Terning has built more than fifty pedal clavichords, and manual clavichords, for individuals and institutions in Europe, North America, and Asia. He is a recent recipient of the Hilding Rosenberg prize in Musicology from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

  • Pieter van Dijk


    Pieter van Dijk (1958) studied organ with Bert Matter at the Arnhem Conservatory. He continued his studies with Gustav Leonhardt, Marie-Claire Alain and Jan Raas and was a prize-winner at international organ competitions at Deventer (1979) and Innsbruck (1986). He is the organist of the St. Laurenskerk and in addition he is the City Organist of Alkmaar. Pieter van Dijk is the artistic representative for the city of Alkmaar in the ‘European Cities of Historic Organs’ (ECHO). He is also a member of the ‘Beirat’ of the Arp Schnitger Gesellschaft in Germany as well as being active in the organ-commission of the Katharinenkirche in Hamburg. In addition to concert engagements throughout Europe and the USA, Pieter van Dijk is professor of organ at the Conservatories of Amsterdam and Hamburg. His publications include articles on Matthias Weckmann, Sweelinck and J.S. Bach, and he has made several recordings on historic instruments in Spain and the Netherlands.

  • Montserrat Torrent, guest of honor

    Born in 1926 in Barcelona. She started her Music studies as a pianist with her mother who was pupil of Enrique Granados. She studied in Escuela Marshall and in the Conservatorio Superior Municipal de Música de Barcelona. Later, she studied in París (with Nöelie Pierront), thanks to a scholarship grant from Institut Français; and in Siena (with Ferdinando Germani and Helmuth Rilling), granted by Fundación Juan March.
    Appointed Organ teacher at Conservatorio Municipal de Barcelona, she started her career performing in Europe, United States of America and South America, focusing in organ as a popular music instrument.
    In 1962, she founded the Organ Friends Association (Associació d’Amics de l’Orgue), with the aim of publicizing Organ Music and preserving historic organs in Spain. She also worked together with Ars Musicae de Barcelona, a group of pioneers of Ancient Music and period performance of Spanish and European music.

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