Matteo Imbruno

21 October 2018 @ 12:15 – 13:15
Pelsterstraat 43
9711 Groningen
€ 10,00

Brunch Concert in the Pelstergasthuiskerk

Organist: Matteo Imbruno

A late brunch, the unique venue of a medieval chapel, and a glorious, virtuoso recital by the top-class organist Matteo Imbruno playing an exceptional instrument: an ideal start on any Sunday of the year! Alas, only today, Sunday 21st October in the ancient chapel of the almshouse, there will be this opportunity.


On the preceding Saturday –yesterday–, during a masterclass, maestro Matteo Imbruno showed the possibilities of the Schnitger-Hinsz organ to their full advantage. The instrument here is a perfect example of the good old adage ‘good things come in small packages’. It is so small in comparison with the giants in both Der Aa-kerkand Martinikerk, but the characteristic sound of the flutes and reeds is exquisite.

This is a brunchconcert, so you are welcome to have a bite of something or other. Tea and coffee will be served in the chapel.

Sunday 21 October, 12.15

Pelstergasthuiskerk, Pelsterstraat 43, Groningen

€ 10,00

Matteo Imbruno

Matteo Imbruno

Matteo Imbruno was born in Pietramontecorvino, Italy, and studied in Bologna with Liuwe Tamminga. His enthusiasm for Holland was probably fed by his Dutch teacher, and he moved to Rotterdam and later again to Lübeck (Germany) where he studied with Bernard Winsemius and Martin Haselböck respectively. He has been the incumbent organist of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam since 1998, working in the very position Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck had in the 17th century. He also plays the organ in the Amsterdam Hermitage. The performing artist Imbruno has appeared at all the most prestigious festivals in Europe, Japan, Latin America and the US. On various occasions, Imbruno also appeared together with the late Gustav Leonhardt in duo-recitals. He was visiting professor at the Buenos Aires Conservatory, the university of Rosario, the university of Mendoza (Argentina), the Arizona State University (Phoenix, VS) and the Brown University (Providence, VS).
Imbruno has given masterclasses throughout the world, and is a welcome member in international juries. Some of his CDs present music played on historical organs in Holland and Italy, and the BBC has also recorded some of his recitals. He is the artistic manager of the ‘Internationale Orgelconcours Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck’ and of the ‘Fondazione Accademia di Musica Italiana per Organo (Pistoia)’.

The ‘Pelstergasthuis’
This hidden pearl is the oldest almshouse in Groningen, dating back to 1267, when the chapel was consecrated. Adjacent to the chapel a ‘hospice of the Holy Ghost’ developed, where passing strangers, pilgrims, tramps, and the poor and needy found shelter and were nursed. At the end of the 16th century, the almshouse catered increasingly for ‘the exceedingly numerous old townspeople, both men and women, in need of bed and board’. These townspeople found accommodation in little terraced houses around three quads which are accessible through a gateway in Pelsterstraat. From about the 17th century, elderly men and women bought board and lodging and settled in the almshouse for life. People living in the almshouse now are regular tenants.

The church or chapel in the court is the oldest part of the almshouse. It was first mentioned when, in 1267, Pope Clemens IV gave permission for the building of a chapel and a churchyard. The chapel is in a simple Gothic style, but has a neo-classical 1855 façade, facing the street. The simple tower houses the oldest church bell (1495) of Groningen.
There is a fine two-manual organ in the chapel, which was begun in 1627. In 1693 and again in 1712, major alterations were made by Schnitger, and in 1774 it was the organ builder Hinsz who had a go at the instrument. The organ is usually called a Schnitger-Hinsz organ.

The organ in the Pelstergasthuis
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