XIII Algarve Organ Festival ends at the Cathedral of Faro with João Vaz

XIII Algarve Organ Festival ends at the Cathedral of Faro with João Vaz


The more than 1200 tubes and various tones of the great organ of the Sé de Faro, beginning construction in 1715, sound again on Saturday, 28, at the closing concert of the XIII Algarve Organ Festival, with guest organist João Vaz.

The show, organized by the Associação Cultural Música XXI and with a contingency plan approved by the Health Authority, takes place at 9:00 pm, with a face-to-face audience (seating 80 people) and also with live online transmission on the Facebook page organization.

The concert program has the motto «1620 – In the Century of Flowers of Music», centered on the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of Flores de Música by Manuel Rodrigues Coelho, the oldest printed instrumental score in Portugal, and includes works by this composer and of his contemporaries from different regions of Europe, such as Eustache du Caurroy (France), Samuel Scheidt (Germany), Giovanni Gabrieli (Italy), Francisco Corrrea de Arauxo (Spain), Girolamo Frescobaldi (Italy) and Diogo da Conceição (Portugal).

João Vaz holds a degree in Organ from the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, under the guidance of Antoine Sibertin-Blanc, and from the Conservatório Superior de Música de Aragão, in Zaragoza, where he studied with José Luis González Uriol, with a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He also holds a PhD in Music and Musicology from the University of Évora, having defended, under the guidance of Rui Vieira Nery, a thesis on Portuguese music for organ at the end of the Old Regime.

He has maintained an intense activity at an international level, both as a concert player, as a teacher in courses of organizational improvement, or as a jury member in interpretation competitions.

He made more than a dozen solo recordings (namely in Portuguese historical organs) and is the author of several musicological articles published internationally.

He currently teaches Organ at the Lisbon Superior School of Music. He is also the artistic director of the Madeira Organ Festival and the concert series that take place in the six organs of the Basilica of the National Palace of Mafra (whose restoration he was a permanent consultant) and in the historical organ of the Church of São Vicente de Fora, in Lisbon. (instrument whose ownership he assumed in 1997).

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