Biography

ORGANIST

PAOLO ORENI

The Süddeutsche Zeitung describes him as a “young promising talented Italian artist, a miracle of skill with phenomenal precision that is still unreached”. Paolo Oreni was born in Treviglio in 1979. At the age of 11 he begins to study organ and organ composition with master Giovanni Walter Zaramella at the music institute “Gaetano Donizetti” in Bergamo.
With the help of scholarships from the Ministry of Culture of Luxembourg, the Municipality and the Cooperative Bank of Treviglio, he continues his musical studies at the National Conservatory of Luxembourg from 2000 onwards. There he wins his first prize in 2002 in the international competition “Prix Interregional-Diplòme de Concert”, a prestigious Central European Diploma.
He collects valuable influences of different masters of international level, in particular from Jean-Paul Imbert and Lydia Baldecchi Arcuri, with whom he deepens and expands his organ and piano repertoire.
Crucial to his training is the encounter with master Jean Guillou, at who’s several masterclasses he participates. By this masterclasses he played the big organs of the Tonhalle Zurich and the Church of St. Eustache in Paris (Stiftung für internationale Meisterkurse für Musik).
He wins various international competitions. In June 2004 he receives a “mention d’honneur” at the international competition “Ville de Paris”, where 60 organists from all over the world took part.
He played as a duo with musicians of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Scala Theater in Milan, in chamber music ensembles and symphonic orchestras (Gaetano Donizetti Orchestra of Bergamo, Symphonic Orchestra “laVerdi” Milan, Jeune Orchestre of Paris, Orchestra Haydn Bolzano, Symphonic Orchestra Zurich, Bochum Symphony Orchestra , Wiesbaden Symphony Orchestra, …) and continues his intensive activity as a concert organist, during which he regularly performs at the most prestigious international music festivals in Italy, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Spain , Portugal, Finland, Norway, Albania, Israel, Poland, Romania, Malta, the Czech Republic and the Canary Islands.
Since 2006, he has regularly been invited to hold masterclasses on improvisation and repertory playing (from Bach to contemporary music) in the Archdiocese of Munich, at the renowned international Akkademie des Domes of Altenberg and in various German cities. In addition, he is often called as a jury member at national and international competitions.
As an organ expert, he works in collaboration with various European organ builders to plan modern pipe organs. These collaborations result in various instruments, e.g. Santa Anastasia Church in Villasanta (Monza), Santa Maria delle Grazie al Naviglio (Milan) and the Church of the Brotherhood of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria in Paternò (Sicily).
He has also designed his personal concert organ, called Wanderer, which is currently the largest existing transportable organ.

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