Organist Larry Molinaro

Organist Larry Molinaro regularly presents solo concerts of the music of J.S. Bach for Live Arts Maryland.  In recent seasons these have included performances of the Goldberg Variations, the Art of Fugue, the Clavier-Übung series, the Well-Tempered Clavier (Book I), and a lecture-recital, “Dance, Dance Revelation,” about dance rhythms in the music of Bach.  His interpretation of the music of Bach has won praise from critics and audiences alike for being innovative, thoughtful, informative and “a model of its kind” (Washington Post). Critics have written about his “graceful agility” (Baltimore Sun) and his ability to be “both instructive and entertaining”.  Following a performance with the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, The Capital wrote that “Molinaro opened the program with a spectacularly rousing performance of Bach…There were times when one would swear there had to be another person at the organ, too: two hands and two feet couldn’t have struck all those notes and produced all that marvelous sound.” About Molinaro’s recreation of Felix Mendelssohn’s famous Bach recital at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig in 1840, the Washington Post remarked “…the organist’s propulsive, immaculately articulated playing revved the evening to a thrilling conclusion.”  The Washington Post also noted that in a performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations “…it was obvious that Molinaro had thought long and hard about this music and had come up with arresting ideas.”

In addition to his performances of the music of J.S. Bach, Larry Molinaro pursues an interest in the art of classical improvisation and is a frequent contributor to conferences on baroque music, in the research area of 18th century improvisation practice and education. In recent years he has presented at conferences in South Hampton (UK), Salzburg (Austria) and Canterbury (UK). For Live Arts Maryland, he also regularly improvises live scores to silent films including Lon Chaney’s Phantom of the Opera (1925/1929) and Cecil B. DeMille’s King of Kings (1928).

Larry Molinaro earned the Artist’s Diploma in organ performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and continued his studies at Yale University’s School of Music where he was Frank Bozyan Scholar for Organ.