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Having performed extensively in North America, Europe and South America, Cristiano Rizzotto is an active international recitalist who frequently premières and performs the works of contemporary composers. He has actively promoted and supported the ongoing development of new music for the organ. Composers such as Carson Cooman, Composer in Residence at Harvard University, Aivars Kalējs, Organist at Rīgas Doms Cathedral in Rīga (Latvia), and Antoine Giovannini, Titular Organist at L’église Saint Vincent de Nay (France), have dedicated pieces to him.
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. He became a published composer after his Toccata was released by Wayne Leupold Editions in March 2014.
Rizzotto was previously the organist at Rio de Janeiro’s Benedictine Abbey, owner of one of the oldest organs in South America and where the Carioca monks have kept the tradition of the chants and liturgy alive since the 16th century.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Magna cum Laude, 2010), and a Master’s degree in Sacred Music from East Carolina University (2013).
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 Latvia and 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