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Concert by Maestri Paolo De Matthaeis, Fabio Catania and Mario Rahi | SOL at Tripoli – Lebanese Pipe Organ Week – 9th edition


The Italian Cultural Institute in Lebanon offers a concert in the framework of the 9th edition of the SOL Pipe Organ Festival, organized by NDU’s School of Music and by the International Pipe Organ Festival in Terra Santa.

Thursday, 18 April, 7 pm
TRIPOLI (El Mina) | Church of St. Francis
Ensemble Recercare
Mario Rahi (Lebanon), violin
Paolo De Matthaeis (Italy), organ
Fabio Catania (Italy), viola da gamba
Admission FREE


BIOGRAPHY: Fabio Catania
Born in Rome in 1973, while still a student he won several auditions and competitions. Subsequently he won auditions for the Malaysian Philarmonic Orchestra (1997), the Orchestra del Teatro San Carlo (1997) and the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (1999).
He was awarded a prize in Italy and abroad and he played for many musical societies and festivals, especially in South America. Between 1997 and 1999 he served as first solo violist with the Teatro San Carlo Orchestra of Naples and he also collaborated with the Orchestra Scarlatti of Naples and the Teatro Regio of Turin. From 2000 until now he is a member of the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and a freelance chamber musician.

Born in Lebanon in 1983, Mario Rahi pursued his diploma studies at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Rome. In 2011, Mario Rahi was awarded his master’s degree, with the maximum vote from the Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecili. He was appointed concert master at the World Youth Orchestra from 2001 until 2010. Later on, Mario was admitted to the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra, established by the legendary film-music composer Ennio Morricone. Back to Lebanon at the age of 28, Mario has been part of the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra since 2011. He is currently a violin teacher at the Lebanese National Conservatory of Music. He is often invited to perform in many festivals in Lebanon and abroad especially in Italy. Mario reserves particular interest in promoting Lebanese classical music, some of the compositions were dedicated to him such as Iyad Kanaan’s violin sonata and Naji Hakim’s variations on a minuet by J.S Bach.

BIOGRAPHY Paolo De Matthaeis
Paolo De Matthaeis (1969), musician and music critic, currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Cappella Musicale Costantina. He specialized in organ and organ composition studies with renowned masters. As an organist, harpsichordist, and conductor, Paolo has solidified his artistic presence at the basilicas of San Pietro in Vincoli and Santa Agnese fuori le mura, along with the Mausoleum of Costanza, in Rome. Paolo has enriched his artistic journey by participating as a soloist and accompanist in international musical events in various countries, including Ukraine, Colombia, England, Egypt, and Romania. He has been part of prestigious festivals. Recognition of his talent and dedication to music criticism is underscored by winning the TIM (Torneo Internazionale di Musica) award for three consecutive editions in 2010, 2012, and 2014.

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583 – 1643)
Mass of Our Lady for organ
Diego Ortiz (1510 – 1576)
Two ricercari for viola da gamba and organ
 Arcangelo Corelli (1653 – 1713)
Sonata da chiesa op.5 n.3
 Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)
Sonata n. 12 for violin and continuo
Arcangelo Corelli (1653 – 1713)
Sonata op.5 n.12 “La Follia” (madness)

The concerts will be broadcast live streaming on Facebook  (UTC/GMT +2)

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