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Rhodes (Greece) | Organ & Music Festival Rhodes | Church of St. Francis, 4 & 5 October 2023

Renowned internationally for his impressive, enthralling and vibrant musical language, the Italian organist Eugenio Maria Fagiani performs regularly on the most important instruments in Europe, Russia, Middle East and Northern America such as Notre Dame de Paris (F), Berlin’s Dom (D), St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York (US), Tchaikovsky’s Great Hall in Moscow (RU), the Royal Albert Hall in London (UK), Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Firenze (I). the Hofkirche St. Leodegar in Luzern (CH), the St. James Anglican Cathedral in Toronto (CDN), the Skt. Florian Stiftsbasilika (A), the Cathedral of Barcelona (Spain), the National Center for the Arts Weiwuying di Kaohsiung (TWN). Besides his activity as a soloist, he holds a long term collaboration with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano (since 2010), and has been directed by eminent conductors as Jeffrey Tate, Riccardo Chailly, Xian Zhang, Claus-Peter Flor, Chien Wen-pin, Patrick Fournillier, Stanislav Kochanovsky, John Axelrod, Missak Baghboudarian, Jader Bignamini, Giuseppe Grazioli, Robert Trevino and Alpesh Chauhan. Celebrated as “the wizard of improvisation”, he’s also a fine composer. His works are now part of the repertoire of some of the most prestigious artists of our time such as David Briggs and Stephen Tharp. Since 2008 he is the Organist of the Franciscan Shrine of La Verna, Arezzo (IT) and to this position he combines that of Titular Organist of the Arezzo’s Cathedral (2022). Eugenio is the Artistic Director of the Festival Internazionale di Musica d’Organo de La Verna and the Festival Organistico “S.Donato” in the Arezzo’s Dome, and also since 2016 the Executive Artistic Advisor of the Terra Sancta Organ Festival, across seven countries in the Middle-East region, organized by the Custody of the Holy Land. He is invited to hold masterclasses (both in Interpretation and Improvisation) and lectures for several top-class music institutions around Europe and North America, such as the Cambridge University Organ Scolar’s Forum (UK) and the RCCO, Toronto (CDN). He is also invited to serve as juror in international competitions. He records with: VDE-Gallo, Spektral Records, Fugatto, Da Vinci Classics, Decca and Warner. These productions have received flattering reviews from the major international specialized magazines.



Rhodes (Greece) | Organ & Music Festival Rhodes |

Church of St. Francis, 4 October 2023

The Time Machine Ensemble, conducted by Marco Attura, is the string orchestra invited by the Pergolesi Spontini Foundation, specializing in both contemporary and ancient classical repertoire.

Time Machine Ensemble

Marco Attura


Rhodes (Greece) | Organ & Music Festival Rhodes | Church of St. Francis, 7 October 2023

Vincent de Pol ranks among the elite of Polish organ virtuosi. His musical education encompasses studies at the “Fryderyk Chopin”- University of Music in Warsaw, Poland, and at the Academy of Performing Arts and Theater in Hamburg, Germany (1986 final examination with a diploma in artistic organ playing). In 1989, he obtained an Artist Diploma with honours followed by master classes with Prof. Gaston Litaize, Paris, Martin Haselböck, Vienna, Dr. Michael Schneider, Cologne, André Fleury, Paris and André Pagenel, Bourges, France. Vincent has also received a Performer Diploma from Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, U.S.A. He participates in renowned international organ festivals in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Central and South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, and in the U.S.A. Vincent de Pol holds master classes worldwide and is a visiting professor at universities and conservatories in Australia, Brazil, Namibia, Nigeria, Singapore, and the U.S.A. His artistic work also includes CD recordings, and television and radio registrations. With great joy and thankfulness, he has been visiting the Holy Land since 1990 with many concerts in Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem. He has been the “Organist in Residence of St. Bernard´s Church in Hamburg since 1987.



Rhodes (Greece) | Organ & Music Festival Rhodes | Church of St. Francis, 6 October 2023

Daphne Melanitou-Paraskeva was born and raised in Athens. She started piano lessons at the age of six. She took her diploma under Professor Irina Kusnezova from Panarmonio Odeio in 2010. She also took a Counterpoint certificate with Professor Evangelos Kokkoris from Odeio Filippos Nakas (2009). Daphne continued her piano studies with Natalia Michailidou and took fugue lessons with Panagiotis Adam. She has actively participated in many seminars with many well-known pianists and pedagogues such as Vladimir Viardo, David Lively, Domna Eunouchidou, Maria Eustratiadi, Gloria Cheng, Alexandros Markeas, and Ermis Theodorakis. She is a member of a piano seminar focused on contemporary piano music under the guidance of Lorenda Ramou at Athens Conservatory. She is a graduate of the University of Athens, History And Archaeology Department (2012). She started studying organ with the cantor of the German Evangelical Church in Athens, Chris Paraskevopoulos, in 2016 and she is a diploma( dipABRSM) recipient from ABRSM in 2022. Daphne has also participated in seminars with other organists, including Eleni Keventsidou, Bartosz Jakubczak and Matthias Dreissig. From 2018, Daphne has served as the organist in St. Denis Areopagitae, the Cathedral Catholic Church in Athens. She has given organ recitals in various church venues and she has also collaborated with vocal ensembles and single instruments.


Damascus | Organ & Music Festival Syria | Damascus Opera House, 14 November 2023 (postponed to 25 April 2024)

Aarón Ribas was born in Barcelona in 1992. He began his music studies with his father, Ignacio Ribas. He studied the Bachelor’s Degree at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMuC) with Oscar Candendo. In 2019, he finished his master’s studies at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule with Jürgen Essl. He has also received other advices from professors such as Juan de la Rubia, Raúl Prieto, Michael Radulescu, Montserrat Torrent, Constantin Volostnov or Ulrich Walther. In 2013, he won the first prize in the organ competition in commemoration of Joseph Gabler, held in Ochsenhausen (Germany) and the first prize unanimously by the jury in the 82nd edition of the Permanent Competition of Jeunesses Musicales in Spain. In this contest, he also won a special award from the EMCY (European Union of Competitions for Youth) for a European tour. For the 2016-2017 season, he was selected by AIE (Asociación de Artistas y Ejecutantes) for its Clásicos en Ruta cycle. In 2017, he was a finalist in the Cicle del Primer Palau organized by the Palau de la Música Catalana. In 2020, Aarón won the second prize at the II concurso nacional de órgano Francisco Salinas – VIII Centenario de la Catedral de Burgos. As a solo organist he regularly offers concerts at major festivals and cathedrals in Europe, including Spain, Andorra, France, Germany, Lithuania and Italy. Aarón has played as a soloist and collaborated occasionally with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, the Filarmonía Orchestra, the Community of Madrid Orchestra, the Spanish Radio Television Orchestra, the Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra, the Gran Canaria Symphonic Orchestra , the Filarmony of Spain and the choir of the University of the Community of Madrid choir, and specially in the National Auditorium in Madrid. Aarón is a performer committed to contemporary organ music. He has premiered several works by the composer Marc Migó (Barcelona 1993), such as Toccata Ibérica (2016) and the Scherzo des Rusalkas (2017). In September 2021, the Toccata Ibèrica was awarded at the OrganTaurida international competition for organ composition, held in Saint Petersburg. Due to his knowledge of organ building, he has advised several projects such as the new organ of the parish of St. Rita in Madrid. He provides care and maintenance of various organ pipes, serving as the organ curator of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. He is currently the organist in the parishes of Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Rita in Madrid.



Damascus | Organ & Music Festival Syria | Church of St. Antony, 10 November 2023 (postponed to April 2024)

Damascus | Organ & Music Festival Syria | Damascus Opera House, 14 November 2023 (postponed to 25 April 2024)

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 of 1994 with the SNSO, then he studied conducting in Italy from 1997 until 2002 with Julius Kalmar. He took part in master-classes with H. Handt, D. Pascu, M. Beck, Carl St. Clair, Jorma Panula and Riccardo Muti. He was principal conductor Amadeus Orchestra in Florence from 2001 until 2003 and conducted several concerts with this orchestra in various Tuscany cities (Florence, Chianciano, Vicchio, Poggibonsi, etc.). He has conducted the Amadeus Orchestra in Florence, 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 Sym. Orch., the National Sym. Orch. of Dominican Republic, the Grunbunden Kammerphilharmonie, Bilkent Sym. Orch., the National Sym. Orch. of Algeria and the “Bernasconi” ensemble of the La Scala Academy. He conducted the SNSO in several concerts in Syria (Damascus, Aleppo, Lattakia, Homs) and abroad (Lebanon – Bahrain – Jordan – Oman – U. A. E. – Turkey – Italy and Algeria). He worked with international soloists like Armen Babakhanian, Galina Vartcheva, Riccardo Sandiford, Ghazwan Zerkly, Daniele Giorgi, Gloria Scalchi, Fabio Andreotti, Talar Dekrmenjian, Nabil Suleiman, Bassam Nashawat. In 2004, he had the honor to conduct the SNSO in the opening concert of the Damascus Opera House and at the opening and closing ceremony of “Damascus Arab Capital of Culture 2008” in the presence of H.E. the President of the Syrian Arab Republic. He was also invited to conduct many official ceremonies, such as: the Opening and closing concerts of Damascus Arab Capital of Culture 2008, Tlemcan Capital of Islamic Culture (Algeria) and the closing ceremony of Oran Arab Film Festival 2012. In 2006, he participated with The Orchestra of the High Institute of Music in Young-Euro-Classic festival at the Konzerthaus Berlin. In 2010, he conducted “Le Nozze di Figaro” the first Opera produced by the Damascus Opera House. In 2016, he was invited to conduct at the Cartage International Festival in Tunisia and he is permanent guest at the International Festival of Symphonic music in Algeria. He performed many world premiere of works by contemporary composer, such as: Marta Gentilucci, Annachiara Gedda, Grazia Bonasia (Italy) Johanna Doderer (Austeria), Zadi Jabri, Nouri Iskandar, Solhi Alwadi (Syria), Marcos Fernandez (Spain), and Vedran Mehnovic (Bosnia). In 2017, in cooperation with the “Bruno Maderna” association of the EU. TERPE project co-founded by the Creative European Programme of the European Union, he had the idea for a project to promote transnational circulation of new musical work co-created by EU and refugee artists. He was in charge as musical director of the project and he conducted three concerts in 2018 in Forli (Italy), Almeria (Spain) and Sarajevo (Bosnia). In 1998, he was a founder member of the “Cantiere Musicale di Toscana” Association – Italy. From 1998 – 2006 Coordinator of the “Estate Regina” festival – Montecatini Terme – Italy. In 2010, he received a Medal of Honor “Stella della Solidarietà Italiana” order of “Commendatore” from the President of Italy for his efforts and achievements in developing the musical cooperation projects between Syria and Italy. He was awarded the “Golden Medal” of the Ministry of Culture in Armenia. In 2021, he received the “State Encouragement Award” in Syria. In April 2023, he was awarded by the “Bravo Award” on the stage of the prestigious Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. He is very active in creating cooperative programs between Syrian and international organization and institutions and offering his services as “music consultant” to many NGO’s working in the field of music and culture in Syria and abroad. In 2019, he finished “Master in performing arts management” organized by Academia la Scala and the Politecnico of Milano. He is head of the Orchestra department at the High Institute of Music of Damascus and the conductor of the Chamber Choir of the same Institute.


Aleppo | Organ & Music Festival Syria | Church of St. Francis 18 November 2023 (postponed to April 2024)

The “La Classica” choir from Aleppo is one of the very few vocal groups in Syria that practice classical polyphony, as well as reinterpreting songs from the Syrian tradition.



Damascus | Organ & Music Festival Syria | Damascus Opera House 12 November 2023 (postponed to 23 April 2024)

Latakia | Organ & Music Festival Syria | Church of the Sacred Heart 16 November 2023 (postponed to April 2024)

Aleppo | Organ & Music Festival Syria | Church of St. Francis 18 November 2023 (postponed to April 2024)

Ferruccio Bartoletti begun his musical and piano studies with Mario Fiorentini and Martha Del Vecchio. He graduated in Organ and Organ Composition with top marks under the guidance of Giancarlo Parodi at the Cesare Pollini Conservatory in Padova, and specialized in Denmark with Knud Vad and in France with René Saorgin. An internationally renowned concert artist, he has performed over 900 recitals. In Italy, he regularly performs in the most important cathedrals, as well as in churches and concert halls throughout Europe. Ferruccio has been a guest at many important festivals, playing on the most prestigious organs as a soloist with orchestra. He has held concerts for the Torino Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he performed the Organ Concerto in G minor by F. Poulenc, under the direction of Bruno Aprea, and in the concert halls of the Philarmonie im Gasteig ( Munich) and the Neuen Gewandhaus (Leipzig), where he recorded Saint-Saëns’ third symphony under the baton of Fabio Luisi. Many of these concerts were recorded by radio and television stations such as RAI, Mitteldeutsche radio Leipzig, Bayern radio, Hamburg radio, Austrian television RAS, Polish radio, etc. He has recorded music by J.S. for the Bottega Discantica and Bongiovanni labels. Bach, D. Buxtehude and improvisation. He was among the first in Italy to create interactive improvisational works that combine narration, poetry and image, dedicating himself to the sound reconstruction of cinematographic films from the 1920s. Always as an improviser, he was a member of the Katharsis Ensemble for over ten years, with which he won the selections for the prestigious American recording prize “Grammy Awards” thanks to the album “Vesprae”. He has recorded music by J.S. for the Bottega Discantica and Bongiovanni labels. Bach, D. Buxtehude and improvisation.He held master classes on Baroque organ literature in Altenfelden (Austria) and on Literature and Improvisation at the European Organ Academy of Castel Coldrano. He continues to incessantly dedicate himself to the deepening of his vast repertoire, hundreds of works from the Baroque to the 20th century, and where a central place is occupied by the figure of J.S. Bach. For almost twenty years he has been a teacher of Organ and Harmony at the Diocesan School of Sacred Music of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli. In 2019, he was appointed as a teacher of Music and Liturgy at the Interdiocesan Theological Study of Camaiore, teaching continued in the Pisa headquarters, at the Santa Caterina Archbishop’s Seminary. He taught organ and Gregorian chant at the Conservatories of Como, Latina, La Spezia and he currently teaches at the Giuseppe Tartini Conservatory in Trieste. Since 1991, he has been artistic director of the “Cesar Franck” Musical Association, which promotes the conservation and restoration of the organ heritage of the La Spezia and upper Tuscany area. In 2019, he was invited to hold a series of concerts on the island of Cyprus, on the occasion of the celebrations for the 800th anniversary of the meeting of St. Francis of Assisi with the Sultan in the Holy Land. In 2016, he was appointed titular organist of the Cathedral of Massa by Bishop G. Santucci.

Terra Sancta Organ Festival