VAIRANO (Italy) – SS.Cosma e Damiano


The new organ for the modern church of Vairano is inspired by the French symphonic tradition; it is not a copy, but an interpretation of the style of the organs built by Aristide Cavaille-Coll.

The organ is a 3-manual mechanical instrument built over the main entrance, enclosed in a beautiful white-treated solid oak case. A second console, with electric transmission, is located at ground floor.

An hidden horizontal trumpet and independent high pressure for the reeds are the jewels which adorn this instrument.


3 keyboards of 61 notes (C-c) – pedalboard with 32 pedals (C-c)

Manual  – G. Orgue
1. Montre 16′
2. Montre 8′
3. Flûte Harmonique 8′
4. Viole de Gambe 8′
5. Prestant 4′
6. Flûte 4′
7. Doublette 2′
8. Cornet V 8′
9. Forniture IV-V
10. Trompette 8′
Manual  II – Positif
11. Principale 8′
12 Bourdon 8′
13. Prestant 4′
14. Flûte douce 4′
15. Quinte 2.2/3′
16. Doublette 2′
17. Cromorne 8′
42. I 8 Ped
43. II 8 Ped
44. III 8 Ped
45. III 4 Ped
46. III 8 I
47. II 8 I
48. I 16 I
49. III 16 I
50. III 8 II
51. III 4 III
52. III 16 III
Manual  III – Recitatif. Espr.
18. Violonbass 16′
19. Diapason 8′
20. Flûte traversiere 8′
21. Viole de Gambe 8′
22. Voix Celèste 8′
23. Basson et Hautbois 8′
24. Prestant 4′
25. Flûte octaviante 8′
26. Nazard 2.2/3′
27. Octavin 2′
28. Forniture IV
29. Voix Humaine 8′
Indipendent windchest with different pressures
30. Basson 16′
31. Trompette Harmonique 8′
32. Clairon 4′
33. Contrebasse 16′
34. Sousbasse 16′
35. Grand Quinte 10.2/3′
36. Basse 8′
37. Flûte 8′
38. Octave 4′
39. Bombarde 16′
40. Trompette 8′
41. Trompette en Chamade 8′

Emanuele Cardi received his diploma, with honours, in Organ Performance and Organ Composition with Wijnand van de Pol at the “F. Morlacchi” Conservatory in Perugia. He then studied Baroque and Renaissance organ repertoire as a post graduate student. He also obtained the “Academic Degree in Organ Performance” with honours. He also has various diplomas in Harpsichord, Piano and Choir conducting.

Interested in the restoration of ancient organs, he has been specifically studying 16th- and 17th- century Neapolitan organ-building and organ music for many years. He has written several articles for music & industry journals, participated in conferences and served as a consultant in the restoration of historical organs and building of new ones. He teaches summer courses and master classes on Renaissance and Baroque organ music, and is often a jury member in international organ competitions.

As an organist, he has performed in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, England, Ireland, Norway, Holland, Poland, Czech rep., Sweden, Swiss, Spain, Hungary, Russia, United States, Brazil and Uruguay, playing some of the most famous organs among which St. Thomas in New York, cathedrals of Passau, Friburg, Losanne, London, Bruxelles, Turku, Lund, St. Francisco among others. Guest professor at the Moscow Conservatory and St. Petersburg, he has performed in major concert halls in Russia, including the philharmonic orchestras of St. Petersburg, Ufa, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo, till to Irkutsk. He also performed several inaugural concerts, among which for the restoration of the great Organ at the Redemptorists’ Church in Belfast and the Aeolian-Skinner organ of the First Unitarian Church in Worcester (MA) United States.

He has recorded CDs for “La Bottega Discantica” (Italy), “Priory Records” (England) and Brilliant Classics (Holland). He teaches Organ and Organ Composition at the State Music Conservatory in Cosenza. Since 2012 he is a member of the artistic committee of “Centro di Musica Antica Pietà de’Turchini” in Naples.

Emanuele Cardi