Sursa Family Concert Organ
Goulding & Wood, Opus 45
Eighth Season / 2013-2014
Sursa Performance Hall / Music Instruction Building / Ball State University
Raúl Prieto Ramírez
Inaugural Faculty Recital:
Sursa Performance Hall
Sunday, November 24
Prieto Ramírez’s has been appointed Instructor of Organ at Ball
State University effective fall 2013. He will teach all levels of organ
majors and minors, including those enrolled in the Bachelor of Music program,
the Master of Music, the Doctor of Arts, and the Artist Diploma.
Raúl's career as an artist of international stature was confirmed when he was appointed, at age of 27, as the first Organist-in-Residence at the Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid, Spain's national concert hall. Within the first six months of his appointment he increased attendance at the hall's organ recitals by a multiple of 30, and critics hailed him as one of the most exciting talents in the music scene in Spain. He is now a full-time concert organist with a busy global schedule that takes him to major Festivals and Concert Halls - from the Mariinsky Theater and Moscow Concert Hall in Russia, to Spivey Hall, Kotzschmar Organ Series and Methuen Memorial Music Hall in the USA, and lectures for Indiana University, Ball State University, AGO Indianapolis and the Celebrity Series in Huntsville, as well collaborations in summer academies and recitals in Spain and throughout Europe.
Raúl's special appeal to audiences and critics alike owes much to his thrilling performances, given entirely from memory, which combine dazzling virtuosity with great expressive power. His performances on YouTube are enjoyed by an ever-growing international network of devotees. At his annual recital on the largest organ in Catalonia, at the Basilica in Mataro, Spain, he regularly draws an audience of over a thousand.
It all started when at the age of eleven Raúl became fascinated by the sound of the organ in a local church and for the next five years taught himself to play while pursuing all the information he could find about the instrument in libraries. When he enrolled at Salamanca University to study philosophy, he came across the ideas of the great conductor Sergiu Celibidache and felt such a deep impact that he decided to devote his life to music.
Raúl studied piano with Leonid Sintsev at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, organ with Ludgar Lohmann at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart (solistenklass), and he has participated in master classes with Marie-Claire Alain, Guy Bovet, Lionel Rogg, Eric Lebrun, Szigmon Szathmáry, and L. F. Tagliavini, among others.
In addition to his solo performances, Raúl has much experience of the concert repertoire with the Spanish National Orchestra, the National Spanish Choir and other major Spanish Symphony Orchestras under international conductors. In 2008 he was the organist for, and an actor in, a film featured at over 300 cinema festivals throughout the world.
In everything he does Raúl's passion is to raise the appreciation and understanding of the organ as a musical instrument through exciting performances, multi-media presentations, audience participation, and use of the Internet. His first two compact disc releases on the 'Brilliant Classics' label in 2011 were recorded at Milan Cathedral in Italy (Liszt, Reger, Franck and Saint-Saëns) and at the famous modernist Palau de la Musica in Barcelona (featuring Duo MusArt in piano & organ duets).
Organ Events 2013-2014
Doctor of Arts recital: Yoonsung Yeo, Friday, November 15, 7:30 p.m.
Inaugural Faculty Recital, Raúl Prieto Ramírez, Sunday, November 24, 3:00 p.m.
Guest Artist: Martin Jean, Sunday, March 16, 4:00 p.m.
Organ Events 2012-2013
Doctor of Arts recital: Cindy Romano, Friday, January 11, 7:30 p.m.
Masterclass: Paul Jacobs, Chair, Organ Department, Juilliard School of Music, Saturday, February 23, 10:00 p.m.
Guest Artist: Paul Jacobs, Chair, Organ Department, Juilliard School of Music, Sunday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.
Guest Artist: Joyce Johnson, Professor Emerita, Spelman College, Sunday, April 7, 4:00 p.m.
Ball State Chamber Choir and Concert Choir, Andrew Crow, conductor, including Berstein's Chichester Psalms, Kirby Koriath, organ, Sunday, April 21, 3:00 p.m.
Organ Events 2011-2012
Organ Events 2010-2011
Guest Artist: Rubin Abdoullin, dean, Conservatory of Music, Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.
Junior Organ Recital, Bahar Annadurdiyeva, Monday, January 10, 5:30 p.m.
Senior Organ Recital, Madelin Foster, Tuesday, February 15, 5:30 p.m.
Ball State Concert Choir, Andrew Crow, conductor, including Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Kirby Koriath, organ, Friday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.
Guest Artist: Paul Jacobs, Chair, Organ Department, Juilliard School of Music, Sunday, April 17, 4:00 p.m.
Organ Events 2009-2010
Guest Artist: Peter Richard Conte, Grand Court Organist, Wanamaker Organ, Philadelphia’s Macy’s department store, Sunday, January 24, 3:00 p.m.
New Music Festival, Europa Fanfare for wind ensemble with organ, Charles Reader, conductor, Kirby Koriath, organ, February 12.
Organ Events 2008-2009
Guest artist: Rubin Abdoullin, dean, Conservatory of Music, Kazan, Russia, Sunday, November 9, 3:00 p.m.
Guest artist: Karen Schneider-Kirner, Assistant Organist, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame, Monday, March 16, 8:00 p.m.
Ball State Symphony Orchestra, Bohuslav Rattay, conductor, Kirby Koriath, organ - Saint-Saens Organ Symphony, April 30.
Organ Events 2007-2008
Guest artist: Samuel Porter, Sunday, October 14, 2007, 3:00 p.m.
Guest recital: Caroline Smith, soprano; Carla Edwards, organ, Sunday, November 11, 2007, 8:00 p.m.
Guest artist: Yoon-Mi Lim, Sunday, April 13, 2008, 3:00 p.m.
Inaugural Organ Series 2006-2007
Ad from October 2006 TAO showing inaugural series.
Program copy for James David Christie inaugural recital, with Ann Sursa Carney, October 22 (This program includes the organ specification).
Program copy for Kirby Koriath recital, Tuesday, January 9, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
Program copy for Scott Montgomery recital, Sunday, March 25, 2007, 4:00 p.m.
Photos of the organ, Sursa Performance Hall, and the Music Instruction Building
Driving directions to Ball State University, Campus map. The Music Instruction Building (MIB) is on the southeast corner of Riverside and McKinley, item #52 on the map. Best parking is in the parking structure directly south of the MIB, #58. Parking is free after 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday.