FROM THE CRITICS

“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. He’s the whole package — flawless technique and solid repertoire executed with the flair and bravado of a matador. A highly satisfying afternoon.”
(Joey DiGuglielmo, Washington Blade, Washington, D.C., 2015)

 “Spanish organist Raul Prieto Ramirez played with great flair…[His] positive, energetic style was quite infectious [and] very well received.”
(The Diapason, 2013)

 “One of the most amazing and exciting recitals of the [2012 AGO national] convention…performed from memory with élan and panache.”
(The American Organist, 2012)

 “The best concert here in years…Raúl Prieto Ramírez extracted the full potential of the organ and maintained such a high level of playing that the audience jumped to a standing ovation. Raúl holds his audience and enthuses them.”
(el Punt de Mataró, Barcelona)

“One of the most brilliant and talented organists on the international concert scene.”
(Perm News, Russia)

“An extraordinary mix of transcendent virtuosity, technical skill and intellectual control, and a genuine Mediterranean sense of musicality. His interpretations, all of the highest level, demonstrated great artistic maturity, security, and eloquence–something possible only in musicians who have raised their art to an existential level.”
(Fabrica del Duomo de Milano, Italy)

“The apotheosis of organ performance….Ramírez sets the standard.”
(Correo Gallego, Santiago de Compostelo, Spain)

“Raul Prieto Ramirez brings the organ out of the shadows.”
(ABC, Madrid)

“An organist of great sensitivity who plays from memory, with a clear and transparent phrasing and a polished technique. A magnificent concert.”
(Maite Grau, Vilassar Magazine, Barcelona)

“A musician of impressive versatility and mature understanding for such a young performer.”
(Le Monde, Spain)

“Able to give a defined personality to each interpretation, whether the piece belonged to the 16th, 17th or even the 21st century.”
(el Norte de Castilla, Spain)

“Many interpreters approach the work of J.S. Bach in a sort of mechanical fashion, which often prevents capturing the essence of this music. Raúl Prieto did not fall into that trap.”
(Le Monde, Spain)

FROM THE PRESENTERS

“A hit! He instantly connected with the audience. All repertoire was played from memory with artistic grace, clear articulation, and with excitement.”
(Helen VanAbbema Rodgers, St. James Church, Fairhope, AL)

“While I perceive that he sees himself as something of a maverick or iconoclast, his playing is impeccable and his musicianship solid. We had a thoroughly wonderful experience.”
(Kenneth Karadin, Christ Church, Pensacola, FL)

“A sizzling musical experience. His joyous and virtuosic performance brought the audience immediately to its feet.”
(Ray Cornils, Portland Town Hall, ME)

“An artist of the highest order. He brought elegance and a uniquely Spanish perspective to the music. Everything was played from memory and was flawless. Our audience rose to its feet with applause at every opportunity.”
(Thomas Lee Bailey, St. Peter’s by-the Sea Church, Bay Shore, NY)