WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“Raul Prieto Ramirez is a colossally talented organist. His fearless playing and at-times brazen registrations gave his eclectic program a nervy, exciting flair so often lacking in classical recitals”
— Joey DiGiugielmo, Washington Blade
A life on Stage
Raúl makes a living exclusively from concertizing. As the only full time Municipal Organist in the world, Raúl presents 52 different programs a year just in San Diego (California). He also enjoys a busy international schedule with concerts at major Festivals and Concert Halls, jury duty at international competitions as well as Masterclasses at major Universities and Conservatoires like Indiana University, Eastman School of Music or Moscow Conservatory among others.
Making a living from Concertizing
Raúl is committed to make the world a better place through the power of music. Despite his busy concert career, Raúl has always time to bring new audiences to the high culture of Music, specially kids. Raúl possess a large experience developing spaces for music to thrive. Here you can explore some of them:
Changing lifes through the Power of Music
Sharing a Passion
Raúl's stage presence has been defined as "fresh, energetic, passionate and contagious" Everywhere Raúl goes as organist or Artistic Director an Educational Project has always been created. His educational activities have supported school system in Spain and USA. He is also active teaching future organist privately and through numerous masterclasses for institutions like Moscow Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, the Universities of Indiana in Bloomington, Baylor University in Texas , Graz University in Austria among many other Festivals and a variety of Institutions.
Committed with the Future
Raúl is fearless when it comes to expression and art. He began his college studies in philosophy before focusing on music and possesses a wide background in many art forms. Among others, Raúl has been featured as an actor in short movies, published articles and developed flash mobs. He organized the first silent movie organ concert in Spain in 2008 in Madrid Concert Hall; created a touring electronic organ in 2005 widely used in Spain and Andorra for outdoor performances -until he got tired of it-; developed numerous educational projects and workshops. He regularly performed transcriptions in Spain under harsh criticism when those were unaccepted. Several of his own compositions have been premiered and recorded including his own concerto for organ and orchestra; he promotes composers to write and has commercially recorded new repertoire, as well as premiered numerous pieces with institutions like the Spanish National Choir; performed the first chamber concert with strings featuring Brahms Quatet N.1 and Franck Quintet in f minor transcribing the piano part for organ; the list goes one and on... and yes, he also performs Rock concerts
A free Spirit on and off the Stage
Los Ángeles Philharmonic Concert Hall
Thomas Neenan Pre-concert Interview