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Cristiano holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, where he studied piano and graduated Magna cum Laude in 2010. During 2009, he was an exchange student in the United States, sponsored by the Brazilian government’s Ministry of Education.
When he returned to Rio de Janeiro to graduate, he was nominated the organist of the city’s Benedictine Abbey, owner of the oldest organ in South America and where the Carioca monks have kept the tradition of the chants and liturgy alive since the 16th century.
He returned to the United States in 2011 and received a Master’s degree in Sacred Music/Organ from East Carolina University. During that time, he and was the organist at the First United Methodist Church in Washington, NC.
Cristiano is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at The American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma, under Dr. John Schwandt, and is the Music Director and Organist at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Duncan, OK.
Cristiano Rizzotto became a published composer after his Toccata was released by Wayne Leupold Editions this March (2014).
Cristiano’s current goals are to continue to develop his skills as a church and concert musician in the United States; to use the knowledge obtained to cooperate with the resurrection and development of the organ culture in Brazil; to represent and bring awareness to Brazil through his work abroad; to establish a stronger dialogue between the organ sceneries and professional organists of Brazil and the United States of America; and contribute to the American musical and liturgical scenery.
“The aim and final end of all music should be none other
than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”
-Johann Sebastian Bach