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2021 Organ Festival

 "Souffle de Printemps"

April 17th - May 8th, 2021

AOA Spring Organ Concert Series

Auditoire Calvin





The "Souffle de Printemps" organ festival promises to be an exciting event. Organists come from a variety of backgrounds and will present different organ works.

Vincent Thévenaz, professor of organ and improvisation in Geneva (HES),  is titular organist and carillonneur at the Saint-Pierre Cathedral in Geneva.   This organ concert will be designed especially for children and their families!

Marcelo Giannini began his organ and harpsichord studies in his native Brazil.  He then studied with Karl Richter in Munich before concluding his studies at the Geneva Conservatory with a First Prize for Virtuosity in the organ and improvisation class of Lionel Rogg. 

Born in Geneva, Nathalie Effenberger completed her master's degree in organ at the Haute Ecole de Musique in 2018 in the class of Alessio Corti.  Nathalie is titular organist at the Temple of Versoix and also works as organist at the Church of Christian Science in Geneva.

 Fruzsina Szuromi comes from a family of opera musicians. She is a choral conductor, pianist and a specialist in the Kodaly Method.  She obtained her degrees at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and at the Geneva Conservatory of Music.  In 2010, Fruzsina participated in the creation of The Ensemble Vocal Buissonnier that brings together young professional singers from the Hautes Ecoles de Suisse Romande.

Exceptional concert - The last concert of our "Souffle de Printemps" series, is in partnership with the St Peter's Cathedral: "Festival de Printemps" (May 7th, 8th 9th):

All concerts will take place on Saturday evening at 6 pm. The dates of this year's festival are:

April 17th -Marcelo Giannini

April 24th -  Nathalie Effenberger

May 1st - Vincent Thévenaz

 May 8th - Ensemble Vocal Buissonnier,  "Ascent to the Heavens"

Fruzsina Szuromi, Director,     Cecilia Knudtsen, Viole de gambe

Adrien Pièce, Orgue


Free Entry with a Collection at the end of the Concert
With the support of the EPG

We express our sincere thanks to our two donors, Loterie Romande and Fondation Suisse des Artistes Interprètes SIS, for their invaluable support which has allowed us to organize our festival 2021 despite the Covid-19 restrictions.



Saturday April 17th 2021 at 6pm

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Tribute to Buxtehude

Jan Pieterszoon SWEELINCK
(1562 – 1621)

Fantasia chromatica


(1587 – 1654)

«Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz »
(12 versets)


(1637 – 1707)

Praeludium en sol mineur BuxWV 163

Chaconne en mi mineur BuxWV 160

« Mensch, willt du leben seglich » BuxWV 206


Nicolaus BRUHNS
(1665 – 1697)

Praeludium en mi mineur


Program of the recording, in PDF

Hommage à Buxtehude - Recorded 15.04.2021 in mp3 format

(Note:  the performance begins after 30 seconds)

Below is the video of the recording.

Welcome by Wm McComish, President of the AOA :

Introduction by Rebecca MacDonald, Secretary of the AOA :


Saturday April 24th 2021 at 6pm



Baroque et Free Style


Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707): Praeludium en sol mineur, BuxWV 149

Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Etudes en canon n. 2, opus 56

Jean-Sebastien Bach (1685-1750): Concerto Bach-Vivaldi en ré mineur BWV 596

Louis Vierne (1870-1937): Scherzetto (24 pièces en style libre, opus 31)

Georg Muffat (1653-1704): Passacaglia en sol mineur (apparatus musico-organisticus)

Louis Vierne: Lied (24 pièces en style libre, opus 31)

Jean-Sébastien Bach: Fantaisie et Fugue en sol mineur, BWV 542

Louis Vierne: Canon (24 pièces en style libre, opus 31)

Albert Renaud (1855-1924): Toccata en ré mineur, opus 108 n.

Click here to view the program in PDF.



Saturday May 1st 2021 at 6pm


This program is specifically conceived for young children and their families !

« Chansons populaires pour petits et grands »

Gaël Liardon (1973-2018)
Bouba le petit ourson, 7 variations en hommage à Jean-Jacques Debout

Improvisation sur des chansons populaires

Peter Philips (1560/61-1628)
Margott Laborez (d’après Roland de Lassus)

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Est-ce Mars

Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck (1770-1846)
« Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman », 9 variations et final

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Toccata et fugue en ré mineur BWV 565

Program PDF - please click here

ENSEMBLE VOCAL BUISSONNIER,  FRUZSINA SZUROMI (direction) Cecilia Knudtsen (Viole de gambe) 

Adrien Pièce (Orgue)

Saturday May 8th 2021 at 6pm

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Exceptional Concert - The last concert in our series "Souffle de Printemps" 2021
is in partnership with the Festival of Spring Concerts of St. Peter's Cathedral:


Ascension vers le ciel

1. (15 sec.) Johan Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) - Singet dem Herrn ein Neues Lied BWV225  SSAATTBB + bc

2. (13.47) Zoltán Kodály (1892 - 1967) - Miserere SSAATT

3. (19.56) Dietrich Buxtehude - Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott - Bux WV 200

4. (23.24) György Orbán (1954-) - Veni Creator Spiritus SSATTBB

5. (29.15) Diego Ortiz - Recercada Primeva

6. (33.34) Will Todd (1970 - ) - Angel Song II   SSAATTBB

7. (38.18) Dietrich Buxtehude - Toccata en Fa Majeur, Bux WV 156

8. (46.47) Johan Sebastian Bach - Jesu meine Freude - BWV 227  SSATB +bc


Recorded by :  Cao-Thang Jeffrey Pham


Allérat Camille, Andres Laura, Brémond Aurélie, Bua Yan, Cachelin Léonie, Charnay Claudine, Guérin Stéphanie,
Gutierrez Tlacaelel Emilio, Josefovski Yves, Moreno Martinez Samuel, Morris Joshua,
Neves Dos Santos Gabriel, Pellegrini Valérie, Pham Cao-Thang Jeffrey,
Rauber Gregory, Rault Guillaume, Szuromi Borbála

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