The titular organist of the Sistine Chapel, Juan Paradell Solé, in concert in Saint-Florentin this Friday night

The 17th edition of the international organ festival will begin this Friday, May 27, 2022, at 8:30 p.m., with a performance by Juan Paradell Solé, at the church in Saint-Florentin. Known to festival regulars, he is the titular organist of the Sistine Chapel in Rome and regularly plays for liturgical celebrations hosted by the Pope at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. He also teaches organ and Gregorian song at the Licino Refice Conservatory in Frosinone, Italy.

The organ as a means of expression

Juan Paradell Solé was born in 1956, in Igualada, Spain. He grew up in this city located not far from Barcelona. From this peaceful childhood, he will remain an unconditional love for nature, “a source of inspiration in composing his music”. At the age of only eight he was able to play the organ for the first time in his life. “We had a choir at school and my director offered me to play. It was immediately a revelation for me.”

In a reserved character, Juan Paradell Solé finds in this instrument a way to express himself. “When I play, I’m not the same anymore. I combine strength and agility to keep the organ alive.” This strength of mind and attitude is combined with unwavering concentration. “If he plays he’s an uncontrollable person. No matter what happens he stays calm and focused on the organ. Unless someone says when he’s playing, he never wants that”, Daniel Parigot smiled.

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An international reputation

The president of the Point d’orgue association knows the musician well. “Usually, the organists come a few days before the concert to prepare because each instrument is different depending on the church. But John fully knows our organ because he’s five years old now.” And yet, the organist’s schedule is full of many concerts a year “all over Europe, but also in the United States and Latin America.”

In these destinations in the four corners of the world, the musician has a soft spot for the town of Saint-Florentin “Since I played here for the first time, I come back every year. The welcome is always warm and the useless organization. I also appreciate the Gothic and Renaissance style of the church and the half -timbered houses. I find that it makes the beauty of this region. “

Juan Paradell Solé will then leave to give a concert in Mexico. The Saint-Florentin organ will not be silent for long because the festival will run from June 24, until September 17, with a concert every week, every Friday, at 8:30 p.m.

Musicals at the Cité de la Voix return to Vézelien from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 May

Festival program:

June 24. Géraud Guillemot, from the Chaource Parish Ensemble.
July, 1st. Pierre Méa, from Reims Cathedral, Hadhoum Tunc (soprano), Valérie Robert (baroque violin).
July 8. Jean-Michel Bachelet, from the Basilica of Saint-Quentin, Cassandra Harvey (soprano), Pierre-Louis Dupont (trumpet).
July 15. Jean Prudhomme, from the parish complex of Les Riceys.
22 July. Chris Bragg, from St. Andrews, Scotland.
July 29. Michel Matthes in the parish of Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois, in Paris.
5 August. Anne-Claude Burnand-Mauri, from Lausanne, Switzerland, Hélène Galatea-Conrad (violin), Isabelle Gotraux (viola), Jonathan Nubel (violin), Oriane Fohr (cello).
Aug. 12. Marco Ruggeri, from Cremona in Italy, Lina Uinskyte (violin).
Aug. 19. Anna Homenya, in the church of Saint-Gervais, in Paris.
Aug. 6. Frédéric Munoz, from the Abbey of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert.
Sept. 2. Thierry Melcher, from the Ecole Supérieure de Cologne et Thierenbach, Suzanne Janssen (soprano).
Sept. 17 (5:30 pm). Jean Prudhomme, from the Parish Ensemble of Les Riceys.

Lucas Mollard

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