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

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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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Michel Bouvard


    Michel Bouvard was born in Lyon. His grandfather Jean Bouvard, also from Lyon, an organist and composer who had been a student of Louis Vierne, Florent Schmitt, and Vincent d’Indy, inspired him with a great passion for music. He began studying the piano at a young age in Rodez. Following organ studies with Suzanne Chaise-Martin in Paris, he was accepted into the organ class of André Isoir and the classes of harmony, counterpoint and fugue at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. While serving as deputy organist of Saint-Séverin church, he perfected his studies with Michel Chapuis, Francis Chapelet, and Jean Boyer, after which he became organiste titulaire of this beautiful Parisian instrument for more than ten years.
    In 1983, Michel Bouvard obtained the Premier prix of the international organ competition in Toulouse dedicated to French music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Succeeding Xavier Darasse as professor of organ at the Conservatoire National de Région de Toulouse in 1985, he pursued Darasse’s efforts to preserve the patrimony of the city and region by organizing concerts, visits, masterclasses, and the international organ competition with colleague Jan Willem Jansen. This work culminated in the creation of the renowned festival Toulouse les Orgues, for which he served as artistic director from 1996-1999 and 2011-2013, and the new organ class of the Centre d’Études Supérieures de Musique et de Danse de Toulouse in 1994.
    Michel Bouvard’s reputation as concert organist and teacher has taken him to over 20 countries, and he is frequently sought after as adjudicator for the most prestigious organ competitions. He has served for four years as a member of the Commission Supérieure des Monuments Historiques (Cultur Ministerium). In 1995, he was named professor of organ at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, with his friend Olivier Latry, and in 1996, organiste titulaire of the historic Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Basilique Saint-Sernin in Toulouse. In March 2010, he became one of the four organists of the Royal Chapel at the Palace of Versailles. In the fall semester of 2013, he was invited to be a guest professor at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. During this period he also traveled to various US cities to give recitals and masterclasses. Additionally in 2013, he received the distinction of “Chevalier des Arts et Lettres” from the Minister of Culture in France. He is represented by Karen McFarlane Artists.

  • 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.

  • Ulrika Davidsson



    Ulrika Davidsson teaches historical keyboard instruments at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen, Germany; the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg, Sweden; and the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen.
    From 2007 to 2012 she was Assistant Professor of Historical Keyboards at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, as well as Music Director of Rochester City Ballet, and the Draper Center for Dance Education. From 1990 to 1999 she served on the faculty of the School of Music, University of Göteborg. 1983-1985 and 1987-2000 she held the position of Organist and Director of music in Björkö Church.
    Ms Davidsson has given concerts in the U.S., Japan, South Korea, and throughout Europe, and has presented recitals and lectures at many international academies and conferences, such as Göteborg International Organ Academy, Smarano International Organ Academy, International Clavichord Symposium in Magnano, International Music Festival, Iceland, EROI festival, Eastman School of Music, and at various conferences organized by The Westfield Center for Keyboard Studies. She has performed for the Boston Clavichord Society, the Göteborg Clavichord Society, and has been invited to perform and lecture at various universities, such as Eastern Michigan University; Hochschule für Künste Bremen; Ferris University, Yokohama; Luleå University; Lunds University, and Århus School of Music.
    A native of Göteborg, Sweden, Dr. Davidsson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Göteborg where Elisif Lundén-Bergfelt was her teacher; and the Organist and Cantor Diploma from The Royal Academy of Music. She continued her piano studies with Willem Brons at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. She studied musicology at the University of Göteborg before relocating to the United States in 2001, where she has graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Master’s degree in harpsichord performance under the tutelage of William Porter, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance, studying with Barry Snyder.
    Dr. Davidsson has been featured as piano soloist with the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra, Mölndals Musiksällskap, the Göteborg Youth Symphony Orchestra, Camerata-ensemblen, in her native Sweden, where she has also appeared on national television and radio.
    She is a versatile musician, and maintains a performance career on the piano, fortepiano, clavichord, as well as the harpsichord. Her solo CD ‘Haydn Sonatas. Galanterien to Sturm und Drang’ was released on Loft Recordings in 2009.

  • Hans Davidsson


    Hans Davidsson (born 1958) is a Swedish organist and organ teacher. He was one of the driving forces behind establishing the organ research center GOArt and the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative.
    Davidsson studied organ at University of Gothenburg with Hans Fagius and Rune Wåhlberg. He later spent three years at the Sweelinck Conservatory, Amsterdam, studying with Jacques van Oortmerssen. He began teaching organ at Göteborg University in 1986 and was appointed professor in 1988. In 1991 he became the first doctor of music performance in Sweden, successfully defending his dissertation on the organ music of Matthias Weckmann. From 1995 until 2000 he was the director of the Göteborg Organ Art Center, GOArt, leading research in organ building and performance practice. From 2001 to 2012 he worked at the Eastman School of Music serving as professor of organ and project director of the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative. In 2007 he was appointed professor of organ at University of the Arts Bremen and in 2011 professor of organ at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
    In January 2004 he was awarded H. M. The King’s Medal for “significant accomplishments in musicology and music, primarily in the fields of organ research and organ education”.
    He is currently professor of organ at the Royal Danish 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.

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  • 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.

  • William Porter

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    From 1985 to 2002 he taught organ, music history, and music theory at the New England Conservatory in Boston, from 2001 until 2005 he taught improvisation at Yale University and from 2001 to 2013 Organ, Harpsichord, and Improvisation at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester (New York) and also in the organ department at McGill University in Montreal. He holds degrees from Oberlin College, where he also taught harpsichord and organ from 1974 to 1986, and from Yale University, where he was director of music at Yale Divinity School from 1971 to 1973. Widely known as a performer and teacher in the United States and in Europe, he has achieved international recognition for his skill in improvisation in a wide variety of styles, ancient and modern. He has taught and performed at major international festivals and academies, including the North German Organ Academy, the Italian Academy of Music for the Organ, the Smarano Organ and Clavichord Academy, Organfestival Holland, the Göteborg International Organ Academy, the Dollart Festival, the Lausanne Improvisation Festival, the Festival Toulouse les Orgues, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the McGill International Organ Academy, Eastman’s Improvfest, and the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists. From 1985 to 1997 he was director of music at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Boston, and was Artist in Residence at Boston’s First Lutheran Church from 1999 until 2002. He is organ consultant for the Constellation Center, a new performing arts center to be built in the Boston area, which will house several organs in different styles. He has recorded on historic instruments, old and new, for the Gasparo, Proprius, BMG, and Loft labels.

  • Elam Rotem


    Harpsichordist, composer, singer, and the founder of ensemble Profeti della Quinta. He specialized in historical performance practice at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, and graduated with a master’s degree in continuo playing and another in improvisation and composition, focusing on the vocal and instrumental music of the 16th and 17th centuries. Currently, Rotem is working on his PhD thesis, within a new collaborative program between the Schola Cantorum in Basel and the University of Würzburg, Germany. His research focuses on the early basso continuo practices in the first operas and musical dramas in Italy at the beginning of the 17th century.

  • 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.

  • Simone Vebber


    Simone Vebber, born in Trento, 1983.
    He has studied Early Organ with Lorenzo Ghielmi and Fortepiano with Andrea di Renzo in the Accademia Internazionale di Musica in Milan.
    He graduated in Organ and Organistic Composition, Piano (cum laude) at the Conservatory “F. A. Bonporti” of Trento (Italy), and he received the “Diplome de Concert” with honour at the Schola Cantorum of Paris, studying with J. P. Imbert.
    He had the First Prize with P. Pincemaille at the class “Organ Improvisation” at the CNR of Saint-Maur (Paris), and Early Organ Music with F. M. Recchia at the Conservatory of Trento, and he has studied in the Sibelius Academy of Kuopio (Finland) with Esa Toivola and Jan Lehtola.
    He is graduating in Organ with R. Antonello in the Conservatory of Vicenza.
    He attended the Interpretation Masterclasses with L.Lohmann, J. C. Zehnder, Bine Bryndorf, Brett Leighton, Roberto Antonello, P. D. Peretti.
    He was awarded several prizes at distinguished international competitions. He won 1st Prize in Alessandria – Italy (2001 “F. Schubert” Organ Competition), in Pistoia – Italy (2003 Organ Interpretation Competition), 1st Grand Prize and Public Prize at the “J. S. Bach Organ Competition” in Saint Pierre lès Nemour – France in 2005, 1st Prize at the “J.J.Fux” international organ competition in Graz 2010 (A) and the Improvisation Prize “C. Dobici” at the “Città di Viterbo Organ Competition”, Second Prize (without First) in the 1st “Premio Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano 2011”, Second Prize (without First) in Borca di Cadore Organ Competition and Third Prize in the Brugge Intenational Organ Competition 2009 and the “J.S. Bach Prize” at the St. Albans Competition 2011.
    He is organ teacher in the Musikschule Oberengadin in St. Moritz (Switzerland).
    He performed concerts in several music-festivals in Italy (Rome, Venice, Treviso, Bologna, Palermo, Padova, Milan, Modena, Verona, Aosta) and in Europe (Paris, Alpe d’Huez, Kuopio, Tampere, Regensburg, Stuttgart, Kiel ,Riga,), as soloist and with the “Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto”, the “Haydn Orchester” of Trento-Bolzano and the Mozart Orchestra with Claudio Abbado.
    He has recorded Improvisations, Mozart and Hakim music, C.Moser, A.Bormioli, R.Dionisi, J.S.Bach, F.Liszt for “Suonare Records”, “Radio Vaticana”, “Rainbow Classic”, Diapason Edition, Mascioni, ORF, music of J.S.Bach for La Bottega Discantica.

Tutor

  • Lea Suter

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    Lea Suter was born in Switzerland. At the age of 16 years she built a Clavichord after a southgerman bounded 18-century typ of an anonymous builder. Interested in historic Instruments she did an apprenticeship in organbuilding which she finished in 2012. As an organbuilder she was restoring 17./18.-Century Organs in Transilvania-Romania.
    In 2016 she finished her Bachelor in Churchmusic with Margareta Hürholz (Organ) at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Köln and Roland Dopfer (Organ) Hochschule für Künste in Bremen. She was writing her bachelors’ thesis about historic Temperaments.
    Actually she is studying in the master’s programm “Claviorganum” with Pieter van Dijk (Organ) and Menno van Delft (Harpsichord) at Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg.
    She is organist at the Van der Putten-Organ in Bremen-Walle.

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