ROBERTO ANTONELLO (1967) graduated in Organ (cum laude), Choral Composition and Conducting and in Musicology with a final dissertation on Cesar Franck’s Trois Chorals. In 1993, studying with Daniel Roth, he graduated with Premier Prix d’Excellence en Supérieur d’Interpretation at CNM in Issy-les-Moulineaux (Paris). He attended master classes with K. Schnorr, M. Radulescu, H. Vogel, H. Davidsson, and M. Chapuis.
Between 1987 and 2000, he won a number of national and international organ competitions prizes, among them the Second Interpretation Prize at the XVII International Organ Competition Grand Prix de Chartres in 2000 (the only Italian admitted to the final round in the history of the competition). He has performed extensively as a soloist in festivals and concert series in Europe, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Canada, and has been broadcasted by RAI1, HRT (Croatian Television) and various private networks. His many CD recordings include the complete organ works by César Franck (first recording by an Italian performer, 3 CD, FAGOTT Orgelverlag), music by Giulio Viozzi (1912-1984, first recording and score edition), along with German Romantic music, nineteenth-century Italian music, and contemporary works.
Active as a composer and musicologist, he has edited the Vespri di S. Ignacio and Missa a San Ignacio (Ed. Pizzicato) by Domenico Zipoli and Principia seu Elementa ad bene Pulsandum Organum et Cimbalum (Ed. Missions Prokur – Armelin) from the nineteenth-century South American Jesuit missions. His other musical publications include an organ duet transcription of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf (Ed. Ricordi) and his own original works for organ, including Triosonata and Via Crucis (for narrator with projected paintings).
As a teacher and lecturer, he has been invited to international academies in Edinburgh, Göteborg and Alkmaar, to the Conservatories of Paris, Strasbourg, Fribourg and Lisbon, to the Eastman School of Music (Rochester – USA), to the international colloquia for the centenary of the birth of Jehan Alain and the bicentenary of the death of Gaetano Callido (Venice, 2014). He has also been a juror in a number of national and international competitions (including Mafra, Freiberg, Alkmaar, Toulouse, Bèthune, Opava and Naples). He is Artistic Director of the International Organ Festival “Città di Treviso” (www.festivalorganistico.com) for which he has edited a number of publications and recordings, and member of the Artistic Directors’ Board for ECHO (European Cities of Historical Organs). He teaches Organ at the ‘Pedrollo’ Conservatorio di Musica di Vicenza, where he is Director of the Conservatory since November 2016.