international reviews

artistic director

international organ festival

 Selva di Fasano (Br)


international organ festival






Francesco Bongiorno was born in Fasano (Brindisi). He studied Organ and Piano within the Music Conservatory “N.Piccinni” in Bari, obtaining the highest marks and distinction. 

 In the years 1994-95 he furthered his studies within the “Accademia di Musica Italiana per Organo” in Pistoia with prof. Klemens Schnorr, attaining a certificate of Interpreter of German baroque music released by the Tuscany Region.

Subsequently, in the years 1996-1998 he attended the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien under the supervision of prof. Michael Radulescu.

He won various competitions for organ playing, placing first in category A of the national competition in Noale (Venice) in 1991; placing second in the national competition of Viterbo in 1997; placing second in the international competition in Pasian di Prato (Udine).

He participated on a regular basis in large organ festivals which are amongst the most prestigious in Italy, Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland, achieving critical acclaim and approval from the audience. He held concerts as a solo with the  Orchestra of the province of Bari directed by M. Quaremba (Concerts of G.F. Handel), with the Collegium Musicum directed by R. Marrone (Concert n.2 of J.G. Rheinberger), as solo and director with the “Apulia Concert Ensemble” (Concerts of J.S. Bach) and with the orchestra" Fabio da Bologna" directed by Alessandra Mazzanti (Concert in A minor, op. 100 of E. Bossi).

Critics define him as one of the finest interpreters of organ music on an international platform. Recognition is considerable from critics like E. Girardi, M. Matyscak, J. Temsch, who comment very positively about his executions of Bach (of which he has executed the entire organ work in a cycle of thirteen concerts), many of which include compositions by Max Reger and the romantic repertoire in general.

Francesco Bongiorno has recorded various CDs for Euromeeting, Polifemo and the Bottega Discantica, the third part of the Clavier-Ubung of J.S. Bach being recorded live.

 He has been president of the Associazione Organistica Pugliese since 2000 and he is the mind as well as the artistic director of the Festival Organistico Internazionale held at Selva di Fasano.

 “He teaches organ playing and composition within Conservatory “E.R. Duni” of Matera. He is lecturer of various courses at different levels including masters within conservatories and academies.”