2023 Performers

Raul Prieto Ramirez

Raúl Prieto Ramírez is San Diego Civic Organist where he presents over 55 concerts a year - most of which entirely from memory. His career is primarily that of a concert artist with a busy schedule that takes him to major festivals and concert halls around the world. He is also regularly featured for master classes both sides of the Atlantic. His performances have been described by critics as “sizzling”, iconoclastic”, “impeccable”, and “transcendent”.

At age 27, as the first Organist of Spain’s National Concert Hall in Madrid, he increased attendance by a multiple of 30 and critics hailed him as one of the most exciting talents in the music scene. He later founded the International Organ Festival/Academy in Barcelona, the Sursa American Organ Competition in partnership with Moscow and served as organ consultant for both religious and civil institutions.

A former student of Ludger Lohmann and Leonid Sintsev, Mr. Ramírez expanded his musicological-informed interpretation skills with Marie-Claire Alain, Guy Bovet, Lionel Rogg, Zsigmond Szathmáry, and Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini among others. The premieres of his works have been recorded and broadcast in Spain, including a concerto for organ and orchestra that was premiered in Barcelona.

In June 2016, Mr. Ramirez and his wife, Spanish pianist Maria Teresa Sierra, were featured duo artists at the American Guild of Organists’ national convention in Houston.

Mr. Ramírez’s first compact discs on Brilliant Classics were recorded at Milan Cathedral and at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona.

Raúl Prieto Ramírez is represented in North America exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.