Francesco Bongiorno was born in
Fasano (Brindisi). He studied Organ and Piano within the Music
Conservatory “N.Piccinni” in Bari, obtaining the highest marks
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.
the years 1996-1998 he attended the Universität für Musik und
darstellende Kunst in Wien under the supervision of prof.
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
Alessandra Mazzanti (Concert
op. 100 of
Critics define him
as one of the finest interpreters of organ music on an
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.
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.”