We thank the Embassies in Ireland of Argentina, Italy and France for their support.
Reviews of this event have been published in an international harpsichord forum:
Franz Silvestri and Italian harpsichord workshop and recital
Claudio Di Veroli and French harpsichord workshop and recital
Franz Silvestri was born in Magenta, near Milan. He first played as a church organist at age nine, and gave his first organ recital in Spain aged eleven. Two years later he won first prize in an international piano competition, and has performed ever since as a soloist on the piano, organ and harpsichord. Silvestri specialises in Italian, German and Flemish Music from the Renaissance to the Baroque period. He has played on historical instruments in organ festivals. As a harpsichordistand sometimes also conductorhe has performed with ensembles and in operas. He has also been a consultant for church organ building and harpsichord restorations, as well as artistic director of music festivals and courses. In recent years he put together "Cembalo e tastiere antiche", the successful Italian forum online for early keyboards, and has been instrumental in fostering the exchange of ideas among harpsichordists in different countries. Silvestri lives near Milan, in Marcallo, and is the organist in charge at the church of St. Nazaro and Celso.
Born in Buenos Aires, Claudio Di Veroli studied keyboards, woodwinds and interpretation of early music under leading European teachers. Later he studied harpsichord under Colin Tilney in London and Hubert Bédard in Paris. Back in Buenos Aires he pioneered the authentic performance of Baroque music in Argentina. Leading international musicians and musicologists have endorsed his published papers, and also favourably reviewed his books on historical temperaments, Baroque keyboard fingering and the recent "Playing the Baroque Harpsichord". Specialising in the French and German late-Baroque repertoire, he has performed widely on the harpsichord and organ in concert halls, churches and TV, both solo and with ensembles. He was professor of harpsichord and examiner of organ at the Conservatorio Nacional in Buenos Aires, and premiered the performance of J.S. Bach's harpsichord concertos with his reconstruction of Bach's fingering technique. Di Veroli relocated to Ireland in 2001, and has given masterclasses in different countries.