Sistine Chapel organist Juan Paradell Solé in concert in Saint-Florentin this Friday night

The 17th edition of the international organ festival begins this Friday, May 27, 2022, at 8:30 pm, with a performance by Juan Paradell Solé, in the church of Saint-Florentin. Well known to festival goers, he is the titular organist of the Sistine Chapel in Rome and regularly plays at liturgical celebrations presided over by the Pope in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. He also teaches organ and Gregorian chant 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 retain an unconditional love for nature, “a source of inspiration for composing his music”. It was only at the age of eight that he played the organ for the first time in his life. “We had a choir with the school and my principal offered me to play. It was an immediate revelation to me.”

With a reserved nature, Juan Paradell Solé will find in this instrument a way to express himself. “When I play, I am no longer the same. I combine strength and dexterity to bring the organ to life.” This strength of mind and character is combined with unerring concentration. “When he plays, he’s someone unflappable. Whatever happens, he’ll remain calm and focused on the organ. Except when someone talks when he plays, he really doesn’t like it,” smiles Daniel Parigot.

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an international reputation

The president of the Point d’orgue association knows the musician well. “Usually the organists come several days before the concert to prepare because each instrument is different depending on the church. But Juan knows our organ perfectly because he has been coming for five years.” And yet, the organist’s schedule is filled with several concerts a year “all over Europe, but also in the United States and Latin America”.

From these destinations in the four corners of the world, the musician has a soft spot for the city of Saint-Florentin “Since I played here for the first time, I come back every year. The welcome is always warm and the organization impeccable. I also appreciate the Gothic and Renaissance style of the church and the half-timbered houses. I think they make the charm 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, as the festival continues from June 24 to September 17, with one concert a week every Friday at 8:30 pm.

Cité de la Voix musicals return to Vézelien from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 May

Festival program:

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

Lucas Mollard

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