Vianelli 2

Principal Organist

Emanuele Carlo Vianelli
Vianelli was born in Milan, and he first studied music with his father, before continuing with Romana Grego (piano) and Enzo Corti (organ and organ composition). He passed his diploma with top marks at the Civic Music School of Milan and the “L. Campiani” Conservatory in Mantua, later refining his organ technique and improvisation under Lionell Rogg, at the Senior Conservatoire in Geneva. He also took specialisation courses with H. Vogel, L. Rogg, M. Radulescu and C. Stella, studying the Bach repertoire with W. Krumbach and romantic and contemporary literature with A. Sacchetti. The winner of the organ competitions of Cagliari (1986) and Noale (1987 – 88), his concert programme is intense and multi-faceted, both as organ soloist and accompanist (also on the piano and harpsichord); he also conducts various vocal and instrumental ensembles at competitions and festivals in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France and Spain.

He has recorded for the Carrara and Motette labels, while he continues to compose and write; he conducts the “Corale Santa Cecilia” of Novate Milanese. He is the head of the Department of Organ and Musical Theory at the State Music School of Varese and a visiting lecturer at the Choir School of Milan Cathedral; he is also a popular teacher of specialist courses in the literature of the Romantic Movement and late European Romanticism. He was assistant organist of Milan Cathedral from 1998 to 2004, and succeeded Luigi Benedetti in January 2005, being appointed as principal organist of the great organs of Milan’s wonderful Cathedral.