The Italian Cultural Institute in Budapest is celebrating Easter with a classical music concert by Maria Grazia Amoruso, accompanied by the Musica Sonora Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestro Péter Illényi. The works of Joseph Haydn will be played on a special wooden pipe organ, which was traditional in the Baroque era. Built by Giorgio Questa, it is a unique instrument, assembled and disassembled in a few hours and easy to transport, recalling the “portable” organs of the past, although, despite its apparently small size, its phonic structure is that of a standard Italian organ from the sixteenth century. The instrument is entirely made of wood and completely mechanical. Giorgio Questa built it himself, piece by piece, employing the same traditional methods used by organ-building masters of the past. It includes 491 pine and chestnut pipes. The keyboard, which is connected to the pedal board, has four octaves.
Maria Grazia Amoruso is an organist and pianist and her repertoire ranges from Frescobaldi and Bach to Dallapiccola and Castiglioni. She began her artistic career at the Niccolò Paganini Conservatoire in Genoa, where she was awarded a top degree in pianoforte. Her meeting with Maestro Giorgio Questa, with whom she undertook intensive training in organ playing, as well as musical analysis and interpretation – particularly of manuscripts of Italian music from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries – was decisive for her artistic development. When the Maestro died in 2010, Maria Grazia Amoruso restored the “portable” wooden organ bequeathed to her, in order to perpetuate the artistic tradition.