Alessandro La Ciacera (I)

Olivier Messiaen

Alessandro La Ciacera (1979) graduated in Organ and Organ Composition with highest honours at the Milan Conservatory, under the guide of Luigi Benedetti. Then, La Ciacera refined his expertise with Alessio Corti, Patrick Delabre (interpretation) and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin (improvisation).
Winner of various national organ competitions (Rome, 2001; Viterbo, 2002; Vanzaghello 2002), in September 2009 won the «Troisième Prix d’Interprétation» at the International Organ Competition «Organ without Borders» of Luxemburg and the first prize at the international organ competition «Città di Ovada».
He has been the second organist of the Milan Cathedral since 2005 and organist of the Milan Cathedral since 2022; in addition to that, he worked as organ teacher at Pontificio Istituto Ambrosiano di musica Sacra di Milano (2003-2013) and Scuola Diocesana di Musica e Liturgia di Como (2013-2021). In 2005 he was called to collaborate with Karlheinz Stockhausen to the final draft of the composition «Himmelfahrt», the only piece for organ written by the famous German compositor, which he performed at the Milan Cathedral for its world premiére, obtaining unanimous consensus from Italian and foreign critics. Considered one of the best improvisers of his generation, his repertoire equally ranges from (the) Baroque to the twentieth century. He realised recordings for the Italian label «Bottega Discantica» and for the Swiss label «VDE-Gallo».