Michelle Deluise, Music Director
Leonardo Ciampa, Organist
Leonardo has served a number of faith communities in Massachusetts, including Saint Dunstan’s Episcopal Church; Old South Union Church in Weymouth; First Religious Society, UU in Newburyport; Unitarian Universalist Westborough, Trinity Episcopal Church in Shrewsbury; and Christ Lutheran Church in Natick.
Leonardo is the founding director of the MetroWest Choral Artists (metrowestchoralartists.org) (since 2012) and Honorary Music Director (Maestro di Cappella Onorario) of the Basilica di Sant’Ubaldo in Gubbio, Italy (since 2015). Most recently he was artistic director of organ concerts at MIT through the MIT Office of Religious Life (2009-2016).
As an organ recitalist, Leonardo has made a dozen European tours encompassing Italy, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. He is particularly admired in Italy, where he has played in numerous international festivals (Festival Perosiano, Festival Biellese, Organi Storici della Valsesia, Le Voci della Città, Festival Organistico Lauretano, etc.).
Leonardo’s compositions (which are considered “Neoromantic”) include Suite Siciliana, Op. 145 (for two violins, piano and orchestra), commissioned by the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston to open their 25th anniversary season; The Annunciation, Op. 203 (cantata for chorus, soloists, and strings); the Kresge Organ Symphony, commissioned by MIT and premiered in Kresge Auditorium; a piano quintet (premiered by the Lavazza Chamber Ensemble); Missa Pamphyliana, premiered at the Basilica di Sant’Ubaldo in Gubbio by the Cantores Beati Ubaldi (Renzo Menichetti, conductor), and Ave Maris Stella II, premiered right here at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish in May 2017.
As a pianist, Leonardo is particularly admired for his interpretations of Chopin, whose 200th birthday he commemorated in 2010 with six recitals at First Church in Boston.
An avid writer, Leonardo has written several books, including The Twilight of Belcanto, Don Lorenzo Perosi (the first English-language biography of that composer), and, most recently, Gigli (the first book on the great tenor in English in 56 years).
Leonardo’s enthusiasm for and joy in music making is further realized through the nurturing of new musicians as a teacher of piano, organ, theory and ear-training at Note-worthy Experiences in Sudbury. For more information about Leonardo’s activities, please visit www.leonardociampa.com.
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