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Pier Damiano Peretti
Born in Arzignano (Italy) in 1974, Pier Damiano Peretti was a organ scholar at Conservatorio Pedrollo, Vicenza (Antonio Cozza). While there he attended numerous master classes (including: Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Harald Vogel, Jaques van Oortmerssen, Jean-Claude Zehnder, Rinaldo Alessandrini) and studied composition with Wolfango Dalla Vecchia, a former pupil of Goffredo Petrassi.


In 1996 he moved to Vienna, where he continued his studies at the University for Music and Performing Arts: Organ with Herbert Tachezi and Michael Radulescu. There he graduated with distinction in 2002.


In the same year he took up a position as professor for organ at the University for Music and Theatre in Hanover, Germany. In 2009 he moved back to Vienna, were he is now professor for organ at the University of Music and Performing Arts.


Since 1997 he was awarded several prizes in international competition as Pretoria, Bologna, Innsbruck, Hamburg, Toulouse. In 1999 he won the renowned St. Albans International Organ Competition - England.


Since 1990, Pier Damiano Peretti has been widely in demand as a performer, giving concerts on historical and modern instruments throughout Europe. His career to date has taken the internationally highly sought after concert organist to the major centres of European organ music, including Vienna, Paris - Notre-Dame, Edinburgh - St. Giles Cathedral, Internationale Orgelwoche Nürnberg, Göteborg - Örgryte Church, Alkmaar - Grote St. Laurenskerk, Minsk - Belarusian State Philharmonic, Manchester - Bridgewater Hall, Haarlem - St. Bavo, Festival de Vitoria, Festival di Magadino, Moskau - Tschaikowsky Saal, Bilbao - Palacio de Euskalduna, Festival Internazionale Città di Treviso.


He is regularly invited to give guest lectures and master classes; as recording artist he works with labels such Ursina-Motette, IFO-Records and Naxos.


He is also active as composer; his output includes organ and choral music, chamber music and the oratorio “Hortus Animae” (“The song of songs”); some of his works have been awarded at composition competitions.