Miquel Bennàssar (organ)
Music in times of the Germanías
July 17th, 2021 - 20:30
BANYALBUFAR: Parish Church
The prestigious organist Miquel Bennàssar presents a concert dedicated to music at the time of the Germanías revolt on the occasion of its 500th anniversary. For this reason, it proposes an audition of repertoires from the first half of the 16th century in the & # 39; oldest organ in the Balearic Islands, the Banyalbufar organ,
The Banyalbufar organ is a 17th century instrument that was originally located in the San Domingo de Palma Convent, which disappeared due to the confiscation of Madoz in 1837. The remains of this convent were distributed among the churches of the city and the towns from Mallorca. In 1847, the smaller organ of Santo Domingo was acquired by the town of Banyalbufar (in the same way that the larger organ had been acquired by the town of Santanyí). In this way, one of the most unique and valuable baroque instruments in the world was preserved. Between 1971 and 1994, two restorations by Gerhard Grenzing allowed this magnificent instrument to be fully recovered.
Miquel Bennàssar studies piano at the Professional Conservatory of Palma, organ at the Conservatorio Superior de Basilea (Switzerland) and historical keyboard instruments at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Jean-Claude Zehnder's organ class. At the same time, he combines it by attending Rudolf Lutz's improvisation class. He has followed advanced courses with Luigi F. Tagliavini, Marc Schaefer, Michael Radulescu, Hans van Nieuwkoop, among many others.
As a concert performer, he has performed at the most important organ festivals of e 39; Europe such as: Muri, Arlesheim, Basilea, Delémont, Péry (Switzerland), Treviso and Udine (Italy), el Aleixar, Torredembarra, Mataró, Tarragona, Talarn (Catalonia), Madrid, Seville, Oviedo, Iria Flavia (Spain), Schlägl , Neufeld, Altenfelden,
Hagenberg (Austria), Cappel, Kiedrich, Hamm, Stralsund (Germany), Maó Organ Week, Palma Organ Week, among many others.
He has been the head of the historical organ of Sa Pobla (1717) and its curator from 1981 to 2011. From 2001 to 2004 he was director of the San Francisco de Inca Organ School as well as a conventual organist. since 2006 he is the owner of the annual cycle "Las Mañanas del Órgano" of Alaró, as well as the artistic director. As a soloist, he often performs at the most important organ festivals in Europe.