Sol Rizzato- Service Technician/IT
Chicago native Sol Rizzato is known for integrating the science of organbuilding with the art of performance. In July of 2021, Rizzato appeared as a presenter of organ maintenance at the American Guild of Organist’s National Pipe Organ Encounter. In the summer of 2019, He pursued an internship with Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal Pipe Organ Builders of Northampton, Massachusetts, working on the restoration and maintenance of pipe organs in the New England area. As an organist, Rizzato began his formal keyboard studies at the age of eighteen with Dr. Adam Pajan at the University of Oklahoma, coming to the instrument with over thirteen years of experience as a violist. Because of this, Mr. Rizzato specializes in transcribing orchestral works for solo organ. This past March, Rizzato was named as a recipient of the Diapason’s “20 under 30,” a national award “recognizing young talents in the fields of organ and harpsichord performance, organ and harpsichord building, carillon, and church music.” Mr. Rizzato is a graduate student at the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM ’23, Todd Wilson), Service Technician at the Muller Pipe Organ Company (Croton, Ohio) and the Red River Pipe Organ Company (Norman, Oklahoma), and Organ Scholar at Plymouth Church, UCC of Shaker Heights, Ohio. In March of 2022, Rizzato was named as a winner of the Immanuel Lutheran Church (Evanston, Illinois) Organ Scholar Competition. Previously, Rizzato was a non-degree-seeking graduate student at Oklahoma City University, where he studied with Dr. Melissa Plamann. Prior to his studies at OCU, Solena graduated in May of 2020 from the University of Oklahoma where he earned dual bachelor’s degrees in organ performance and viola performance, as well as the organ technology emphasis and a history minor.