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Terra Sancta Organ Festival 2021/2022












Peter-Michael Seifried (Germany)

Lucia D’Anna

14 October 2021 | JERUSALEM | St. Saviour’s Church (Old City – New Gate)

Roman Krasnovsky replaces Peter Michael Seifried who recently injured his hand

KMD Peter-Michael Seifried lives and works in Jerusalem as leading cantor and organist. He is responsible for the essential spiritual music in prayers and services at both Evangelical Lutheran churches of the Redeemer and of the Ascension in Jerusalem. Born in Remscheid-Lennep, Germany he first studied law at the Freie Universität in Berlin, followed by studies of church music at the Universität der Künste, Berlin – and organ master courses in the USA, Switzerland and other Countries. During his six years in the USA, he was deeply influenced in his spiritual music understanding by intense work in different denominations and religions. He was director of church music in Berlin and Jüterbog. Numerous CDs, tv and radio broadcasts made him well known as church musician. Since 1992 he worked as honorary organist at Berliner Dom (Berlin cathedral).

Israel Sinfonietta


12 October 2021 | JAFFA (TEL AVIV) | St. Peter’s Church

Established in 1973, the Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva is an artistic body with an international reputation. Hundreds of world-class musicians have performed with them including Leonard Bernstein, Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Shlomo Mintz. The orchestra has performed at Carnegie Hall (New York), Richardson Hall (Toronto), Festival Hall (London), the Colosseum (Munich) and Gaudi (Barcelona). The orchestra has completed two tours of China, appearing in the Hall of the Forbidden City in Beijing and in other provinces of China and has performed in the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow.


Israel Sinfonietta

Oren Gross-Thaler (Israel)

Israel Sinfonietta

12 October 2021 | JAFFA (TEL AVIV) | St. Peter’s Church

Oren Gross-Thaler (24) has appeared as a guest conductor with the Regensburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Raanana Symphonette, and others. Born in Tel-Aviv in 1997, Oren Gross-Thaler began his saxophone studies at the age of ten with Gan Lev, and his conducting studies with George Pehlivanian at the age of fifteen. He studied with Yoav Talmi and Yi-An Xu at Tel-Aviv University. During his studies he was mentored by Noam Sheriff and conducted the premiere of his composition “Lenny” in honor of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birth centennial. He studied at Aspen Music Festival under the guidance of Robert Spano and at Lucerne Festival with Bernard Haitink. He won the first prize of the Israel Conservatory Competition in 2015.

Yuval Rabin (Israel)


12 October 2021 | JAFFA (TEL AVIV) | St. Peter’s Church

Dr. Yuval Rabin studied at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. He attended 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’. 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. MDG (Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm) published his CDs “Organ Music from Israel” in 2001, a Mendelssohn collected Works CD in 2013 and C. Ph. E. Bach Organ music. 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.

Alexander Gorin (Ukraine / Israel)

Alexander Gorin

5 October 2021 | JAFFA (TEL AVIV) | St. Peter’s Church

7 October 2021 | JERUSALEM | St. Saviour’s Church (Old City – New Gate)

Alexander Gorin is a Professor of Organ in the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music and at Tel Aviv University. He is graduated from the Azerbaijan Music Academy in Baku. Gorin appears regularly in concerts in Israel, Europe, South America and the Far East. He performed in festivals such as Prague Spring, Helsinki Organ Summer, as well as in Montevideo, Vilnius, Tallinn and others. He has been a guest organist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, (concerts in Israel, Europe, South America and the Far East) and played in Saint-Saens “Organ Symphony” conducted by Zubin Mehta on the CD recorded by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Cecilia Pia Manelli (Italy)


13 October 2021 | NAZARETH | Basilica of the Annunciation (Lower church)

15 October 2021 at 6:00 pm | BETHLEHEM | Church of St. Catherine at Nativity Basilica

Sr. M. Cecilia Pia Manelli (Italy) is the official organist of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Franciscan Sister of the Immaculate Conception, graduated with honours 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 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. In addition to her activity as a musician (concerts in Italy and abroad, publications of CDs, 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).

Lucia D’Anna, (Italy)

13 October 2021 | NAZARETH | Basilica of the Annunciation (Lower church)

Lucia D’Anna studied at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan in the class of Marco Bernardin. She obtained her Bachelor’s in cello and Master’s in cello and teaching at the Lugano Conservatory. She studied cello and viola da gamba with Myrna Herzog. and has participated in numerous master classes held by Wieland Kujken, Julius Berger, Lucas Fels, Zvi Plesser. Lucia concluded a two-year orchestral period at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala. She has played for many years with the La Verdi symphony orchestra of Milan. She 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 at the Magnificat Institute in Jerusalem and at the Palestinian Edward Said National Conservatory in Jerusalem.

Roman Krasnovsky (Ukraine / Israel)

6 October 2021 | NAZARETH | Basilica of the Annunciation (Lower church)

Roman Krasnovsky was born in Donetsk, Ukraine and 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. He continued his studies at the Art Academy of Kharkov, Ukraine. In 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. 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. Mr. Krasnovsky composed original organ compositions including 3 symphonies for organ and recorded many CDs for prestigious labels.

Fausto Caporali (Italy)

Fuasto Caporali


Fausto Caporali was a prize-winner at the Competition of Organ Improvisation of Biarritz in 1995 and 1997 and a semi-finalist at the International Competition of Improvisation in Haarlem in 1996. He is active as a solo performer and accompanist of vocal and instrumental groups. He has performed in Germany, France, Switzerland, England, Lithuania, and has recorded for many labels. He regularly holds courses in organ improvisation in Italy, works as a music critic for magazines and he is First Organist of Cremona Cathedral. He teaches Organ and Gregorian chant at the Turin Conservatory.


Giovanni Galetti (Italy)



After graduating in 1993 at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, he performed with various orchestras in Italy, such as Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali in Milano, the Haydn Orchestra in Bolzano, Bellini Theater Orchestra in Catania under the direction of Hans Graf, and working under the direction of Giuseppe Sinopoli and Semyon Betchkof in the Teatro alla Scala of Milan. From 1997 till 2000, after winning the audition, he has been playing as first bassoon in the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra in Japan, where he performed more than twenty times on major television networks such as KBS, and NHK and recorded on major labels such as Sony and Philips. Presently he is member of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra as principal bassoon.

Giovanni Galetti

Missak Baghboudarian (Syria)

Missak Baghboudarian

| Jordan – Mount Nebo | Memorial of Moses


Missak Baghboudarian has been the conductor of the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra (SNSO) since 2003. Born in Damascus, Missak made his first debut in December 994 with the SNSO and then he studied conducting in Italy from 1997 till 2002 with Julius Kalmar and he took part in some master-classes with H. Handt, D. Pascu, M. Beck, Carl St. Clair, Jorma Panula and Riccardo Muti. He has conducted several concerts with Florence Amadeus Orchesra. He has also conducted the Bruno Maderna Symphony Orchestra of Forlì, the Hans Swarowsky Orchestra of Milan, the Orchestra of the National Academy of Bucharest, the New Phiharmonic Orchestra of Sofia, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Dominican Republic, the Grunbunden Kammerphilharmonie, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Algeria.



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