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Organ Festival 2020/2021






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Roman Krasnovsky (Ukraine / Israel)

5 October 2020 | JERUSALEM | Church of St. Saviour
7 October 2020 | NAZARETH | Basilica of the Annunciation (Lower Church)

Roman Krasnovsky was born in Donetsk, Ukraine, in 1955. His father was an orchestra musician. At the age of five, he began to play the piano and resolved to make music his livelihood. Mr. Krasnovsky obtained a thorough musical training from high school through college and studied at various conservatories in the Soviet Union. As a child, he took lessons from the composer Aram Khatchaturian who urged him to study composition with him at Moscow conservatory after high school. Yet, the overwhelming impression the great master made over the teenager Krasnovsky led to an abrupt break of his composition activities. The youngster decided to become an interpreter of music, not a creator. He pursued his education and career and began to perform in public as a soloist of the Symphony orchestra of the Donetsk Philharmonic Society when he entered the Music College in 1970. He continued his studies at the Art Academy of Kharkov, Ukraine, until 1979. As a student he performed with the Symphony Orchestra of the Kharkov Philharmonic Society where he played keyboard instruments such as piano, harpsichord and celesta. He frequently performed as a soloist with the symphony orchestra, playing piano concertos of Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in blue, and Johann Sebastian Bach’s six harpsichord concertos. Continuing to pursue his solo career he performed practically all Bach’s works for harpsichord. In addition, he was the accompanist of international soloists such as Victoria Mullova.


Mr. Krasnovsky studied the organ under Professor Galina Kozlova at the Conservatory of Gorky, now Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, from 1986 until 1989. He has given organ recitals throughout Ukraine and as far north as the Baltic Republics, and perfected his playing in masterclasses held by Professor Leo Kramer of Speyer, Germany, as well as with various professors from Vienna, Austria, and other musical centers. His chief activity was as orchestral pipe organist of the Kharkov Philharmonia. Mr. Krasnovsky was also active as a pianist, harpsichordist, solo organist, and accompanist of renowned musicians. Mr. Krasnovsky immigrated to Israel in 1990 and now lives in Carmiel in northern Galilee. He taught at the”Rubin Academy of Music and Dance” in Jerusalem as an assistant professor from 1993 till 1997. He also teaches piano at the Conservatory of Carmiel. He performed regularly at the organs of the Church of the Savior and the Dormition abbey in Jerusalem, in the city of Jaffo, as well as in Tabha, a small town on the lake of Tiberias. He accompanies chamber ensembles and he is a soloist of well-known orchestras such as the Israel Symphony orchestra, and also accompanies foreign performers touring in Israel. His activities also include piano recitals and TV performances. Dan Shilon, the famous Israeli talk show host, invited him twice to his weekly talk show on Israeli TV. He has been invited to perform as an organist and a pianist at numerous events in Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, and the United States. He has taught an organ course in Westfalia, Germany, and was asked for more courses in the future. He is presently establishing a series of regular organ recitals in his home town, Carmiel. After a twenty years’ hiatus in composing, the tragic assassination of the Israeli Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin brought him back to composition. “Mourning Itzhak Rabin”, an organ piece, was first performed on Krasnovsky’s annual winter tour to Europe. Both the Cologne and the Frankfurt public and the press highly praised the work and the interpretation the composer gave himself. He then went on and gave the first performance of other of his compositions during his August/September tour to Switzerland and Germany in 1997. Critics welcomed the works enthusiastically and urged Krasnovsky to go on composing. In 1993 he issued a compact disc “Organ Music from St. Elisabeth church”, Marburg/Lahn, produced by Hanssler Classic LC 98.994. Hanssler Production also released a disc with various highly praised European organists, such as Hans Haselboeck. Krasnovsky’s interpretation of Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532 was chosen as the first piece of this disc, LC 98.103. This was also the piece of music he had the privilege to perform in a private session to the Israeli Prime Minister Ytzhak Rabin in Jerusalem, one and a half year before the tragic death of Rabin. A further compact disk was recorded at the Stockmann organ in Basilika Werl. Lately, another compact disc was recorded at the Silbermann organ in Basel St. Peter church and at the Kuhn organ at the Lenzburg City Church (both in Switzerland). He also recorded a piano compact disc in the Eckenstein Studios, Basel, Switzerland, in September 1997. Mr. Krasnovsky’s repertoire encompasses a broad spectrum of music, ranging from the Baroque to the Classical eras, and from Romanticism to music of the Twentieth Century. He is particularly committed to Olivier Messiaen and Francis Poulenc. Mr. Krasnovsky composed original organ compositions including 3 symphonies for organ.

Alexander Gorin (Ukraine / Israel)

Alexander Gorin


5 October 2020 | JERUSALEM | Church of St. Saviour

7 October 2020 | NAZARETH | Basilica of the Annunciation (Lower Church)

Alexander Gorin was born in the former Soviet Union. He graduated from the Azerbaijan Music Academy in Baku, having specialized in organ and piano. He supplemented his studies in Riga (Latvia) with Professor of Organ Larisa Bulava as well as with leading organists in the frames of the International Organ Academies in Haarlem (Holland) and Goteborg (Sweden) and several master classes. His artistic development received significant impulses through further studies of the organ with Professor of Organ Ludger Lohmann at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart. Alexander Gorin worked as an organ soloist of the Krasnoyarsk State Philharmonic Society in Siberia (Russia) and made numerous guest appearances. He taught accompaniment and chamber ensemble in the Krasnoyarsk Art Institute (Russia). Since 1991 he teaches organ at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University and is currently a Professor of Organ there. Since 1991 he is a guest organ player in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed under the baton of conductors such as Zubin Mehta and others in Israel and abroad. He played organ in Saint-Saens Third Symphony in the number of performances as well as on CD recorded by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta. He appears regularly in concerts in Israel, Europe, South America and Far East. He has played in the Great Hall of the Philharmonic in St. Petersburg (Russia) and has participated in the Israel International Festival in Jerusalem.


To commemorate the 250th anniversary of J.S. Bach’s death he played number of concerts in J.S. Bach Organ Solo-Festival in Tel Aviv. In the concert in the frame of International Music Festival Prague Spring he played music by renowned Czech composers Petr Eben and Otmar Macha in the presence of both composers. In the same concert he performed world premiere of “Arabesque No. 5” by Israeli composer Ami Maayani. This piece was dedicated to Alexander Gorin by the composer. He played the Inauguration Concerts on the Eule Organ, which was built for the Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University in 2002. In 2006 he has participated in the festival Helsinki Organ Summer and played in Xiamen (China). In 2006 and 2007 he gave master class and lectures in Shanghai Normal University (China). In 2007 he has played in the frame of the International Organ Festival in Yalta (Ukraine) and in Seoul (South Korea). In 2008 in Russia, including concert in Moscow and International Organ Festival in Saint-Petersburg, Great Hall of Philharmonic, in 2009 and 2010 in Azerbaijan, including participation in International Organ Festival, lecture and master class. He participated in International Organ Festivals in Vilnius (Lithuania) (2011), in Sochi and Krasnoyarsk (Russia) (2012, 2014), in 2013 Montevideo (Uruguay) and Tallinn (Estonia). In 2015 he performed in Finland and played a concert in Notre-Dame in Paris and in Russia.

In 2016 he played organ in Saint-Saens Third Symphony with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta in Israel and Athens (Greece). In the same year he was invited to National Academy of Music in Sofia (Bulgaria) to give a lecture and master class as well as play a concert, which was recorded by the National Radio.  In the same year he played in Russia, Belarus and Lithuania. In 2017 he played in China with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta and solo concerts in Japan.

Yuval Rabin (Israel)

5 October 2020 | JERUSALEM | Church of St. Saviour

Dr. Yuval Rabin was born in Israel. Studied at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance (B.Mus. 1995, B.Ed.Mus. 1996). Further studies at the ‘Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel’ organ and improvisation with Guy Bovet, and Harpsichord and Clavichord with M. Hüninger at the ‘Schola Cantorum Basiliensis’, earned him “Solisten-Diplom” with distinction (2001). Y Rabin has performed as an organist, clavichord-player and harpsichordist; as a soloist, in ensembles, with orchestras and with choirs in many countries in West- and Eastern Europe, Japan the U.S. and in Israel. His repertoire embraces a wide spectrum ranging from the music of the Middle Ages to contemporary music and transcriptions. Yuval Rabin has given the world premieres of a number of works, some of them dedicated to him (Noam Sheriff, Eithan Steinberg, a.o). He has adjudicated at some organ composing competitions, gave master classes (on Organ and on Clavichord, in Tallin, Estonia, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Basel a.o.). As a musicologist, Yuval Rabin research fields are mainly: analysis, musical syntax, historical performance practice, and Jewish music. In 2015 he received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University for his dissertation titled: The phenomenon of varied repeats by C. Ph. E. Bach and its uniqueness (supervisors: Prof. D. Cohen and Prof. N. Wagner).


He was awarded the prize “young researcher” from the Israeli association for musicology, for his lecture about this research. He was recorded by various broadcasting corporations, as well as by MDG (Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm) who published his CDs “Organ Music from Israel” in 2001, a Mendelssohn collected Works CD in 2013 and C. Ph. E. Bach Organ music with varied repeats in 2014, which received “5 stars” in the magazine Choir and Organ. Yuval Rabin is the musical director of the Israel International Organ Festival organized by the Israel Organ Association since 2011, and of the Jewish Music Days Festival (Israel) since 2012.

Cecilia Pia Manelli (Italy)


15 September 2020 | JAFFA – TEL AVIV| Church of St. Peter

5 October 2020 | JERUSALEM | Church of St. Saviour

Sr. M. Cecilia Pia Manelli (Italy) is the official organist of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. Franciscan Sister of the Immaculate Conception, graduated with honors in piano and organ and organ composition at the Conservatory of Music in Frosinone and in main composition at the Conservatory of Music in Benevento. In 2011 she obtained a Doctorate in Gregorian Chant at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome (publishing her doctoral thesis entitled The song of the Divine Office according to the Antiphonary Archivio San Pietro B 79, Casa Mariana Editrice, Frigento 2015) and in 2015 Licentiate in Liturgical Theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. On 25 May 2020, she obtained a Doctorate in Theology with a specialization in Liturgical Theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. In addition to her activity as a musician (concerts in Italy and abroad, publications of CDs with the choir of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, conferences and seminars), she collaborates – with studies and articles – with various magazines, both of a musical nature (Studi Gregorian, Vox antiqua) and theological (Immaculata Mediatrix, Annales Franciscani, Maria Co-redemptrix). Since March 2019 she is the official organist of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

Lucia D’Anna, (Italy)

15 September 2020 | JAFFA – TEL AVIV| Church of St. Peter

Lucia D’Anna was born in Varese (Italy). She began her studies at a very young age, immediately devoting herself to the cello. He studied at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan in the class of Marco Bernardin. He obtained his Bachelor’s in cello and Master’s in cello and teaching at the Lugano Conservatory in the class of Taisuke Yamashita and Mattia Zappa. He studied cello and viola da gamba with Myrna Herzog. He has participated in numerous masterclasses held by Wieland Kujken, Julius Berger, Lucas Fels, Zvi Plesser. He concluded the two-year orchestral period at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala. He has played for many years with the La Verdi symphony orchestra of Milan. Lucia has a deep interest in both contemporary music and baroque music. He has performed several premieres of contemporary composers. He performs regularly, baroque cello and viola da gamba, with the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, the Phoenix ensemble, and other Baroque music ensembles. He currently teaches cello and theoretical subjects at the Magnificat Institute in Jerusalem and at the Palestinian Edward Said National Conservatory in Jerusalem.


Tatyana Yrovsky (Kazakhstan / Israel)

Chris Paraskevopoulos


7 October 2020 | NAZARETH | Basilica of the Annunciation (Lower Church)

Tatyana Yrovsky was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 1966. At Bayseitova, now called Music College (which is a special music school for gifted children), Tatyana completed her studies in piano. Later, she studied at the State Conservatory, where she continued her piano studies. After receiving a Graduate degree in 1991, Tatyana immigrated to Israel. In 2002, Tatyana was admitted to the Rubin Academy where she earned her BMus degree in the study of organ with Elizabeth Roloff, the internationally recognized German organist. Tatyana continued her organ studies at the Royal Academy in London, with Prof. Nicolas Kinaston. In London, she participated in two important masterclasses, one, on the works of Buxtehude, with danish organist, Prof. Grethe Krogh; and the second, on the work of Messiaen, with french organist Olivier Latry. Upon her return from London, Tatyana was again admitted to the Rubin Academy where she completed her education by obtaining an MMus degree in organ with Dr. Boris Kleiner. From 2010 till 2019 Tatyana used as a professor of organ and piano at the Magnificat Institute of Music in Jerusalem. Currently, she is a teacher of piano in the School of music of Efrat.

Anna Ioffe (Russia / Israel)

7 October 2020 | NAZARETH | Basilica of the Annunciation (Lower Church)

Anna Ioffe, violin and viola d’amore player, was born in Russia in 1979 and began studying the violin at the age of 5 in the “Rachmaninov” conservatory in Moscow. She immigrated to Israel in 1996 and graduated from Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance under the guidance of Prof. Avi Abramovich and Daniel Fradkin. Prizewinner of Keren Sharet America- Israel Cultural Foundation. Founder and participant of In Mixto Genere Ensemble on period instruments. She recorded for radio and TV in Israel and abroad. As well she appeared as a soloist. Member of “ Raphael “ Quartet. She plays a violin by I. Shamraevski 1913, viola d’amore by V. Svoboda 2001.