Diego Innocenzi

As an organist and choir director, he share his musical activities between concerts (solo or as accompanist), organizing events and teaching. In Geneva, Switzerland, he’s the organist of the Protestant parishes of Saint-Gervais-Pâquis and Cologny-Vandoeuvres-Choulex, music director of the Espace Saint-Gervais and by January 2011 the resident organist of the Van den Heuvel organ of the Victoria-Hall in Geneva.

He began studying piano and organ in Argentina. Before he left for Europe, he was the organist of the Cathedral of San Isidro my hometown, where there is a Cavaillé-Coll organ.

He has been living in Switzerland since 1995 and he took classes with Lionel Rogg at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève. He won the Otto Barblan prize as well as the first prize for virtuosity at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève before working in Paris with Marie-Claire Alain.

In order to complete his training, he joined the choir direction class of Michel Corboz at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève where he obtained his Diploma in 2003.

Because of his great interest in original repertoires, for many years he has been doing research into the interpretation of sacred music and organ works of the XIXth and XXth centuries. This research has led to several series of concerts ranging from César Franck to Olivier Messiaen and to several recordings, including the complete works for organ and motets by César Franck, in two volumes recorded for the Aeolus label in collaboration with Les-Solistes-de-Lyon-Bernard-Tétu. A double album of unreleased works for organ by Edouard Batiste will be published in 2011 by the same label.

For several years now, he has been trying to introduce a new approach of organ and sacred music concerts. He has organised several art events such as the Festival d’automne in Vandoeuvres, devoted to chamber music with organ (since November 2002), cycles of choral and cantata services (since 2002), a performance combining dance and organ (Pasos-Passacaglia, 2008), two organ marathons during the Fête de la Musique in Geneva in 2008 and 2010, a Festival de Psaumes in the Calvin year (2009) and also Les Nuits de Saint-Gervais, music events uniting organ and video projections (2009).

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