Raimundo Pereira Martínez, Director of Music
Raimundo was born in Caracas in 1972. Studied in his country of origin: Composition, Singing, Conducting, Piano and Venezuelan traditional stringed instruments. In Caracas he has been professor of Musicianship and Choir at the Lamas and Reyna Schools of Music, as well as a Cantor of the Tribuna Musical of the Cathedral.
In 1995 Raimundo won a scholarship from the Venezuelan government and moved to Rome to continue his studies in the Pontifical Institute for Church Music where he obtained his Degree as ‘Magister of Sacred Composition’, (Ivan Florjanc, Valentin Miserachs) and the “Licenza” in Gregorian Chant Luigi Agustoni, Nino Albarosa, Alberto Turco, Johannes Berchmans Goeschl and Daniel Saulnier; as well as Baroque music studies with Emma Kirkby, Gloria Banditelli, Lavinia Bertotti, Roberto Gini,
Gianluca Capuano and Helmuth Rilling. He has sung in the Youth Choir of the Santa Cecilia Academy (Martino Faggiani, Myung-Whun Chung, Norbert Balatsch, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Rinaldo Alessandrini), World Youth Choir (Frieder Bernius, Gary Graden), Choir of the Teatro Regio di Parma (Valeri Gerghiev, Zubin Mehta, Fabio Biondi), I Madrigalisti Ambrosiani di Milano (Gianluca Capuano), Ensemble Concerto (Roberto Gini) and the World Chamber Choir (Tonu Kaljuste, Peter Dijkstra).
Raimundo’s compositions have been performed in various countries. He has made several recordings, participated in radio and television productions, and given concerts in various countries of America, Asia and Europe. He serves often as a Psalmist in the Pontifical Liturgy. Since 2001 he is a Cantor of the Pontifical Musical Chapel (Sistine Chapel Choir).
Jung-Ah (Dafrosa) Cho, Organist of Santa Susanna Church
Dafrosa was born in Dae-gu, South Korea. In 1995 she graduated in organ at the
Catholic University of Dae-gu. During studies in Dae-gu, she was director of Dae-myung’s church choir and organist in the Cathedral. After graduating she was the director of the Armed Forces Nursing Academy’s church choir. In 1996 she moved to Italy to begin her studies at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. In 2003 under the tutorship of M° Giancarlo Parodi, she obtained her Master’s degree of organ.
In the last years Dafrosa participated in several specialization courses on Italian organ music of the 18th and 19th century. Since 2003 Dafrosa has been assistant to the chair of Organ at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music. In 2007 she has recorded a selection of church music invited by the Korean Community of Saint Paul. Cho has
played for many special occasions including the public audience with his holiness John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and at the aula Paolo VI for the Canonization of Arnold Janssen and Joseph Freinademetz. She has performed recitals in Korea, Venezuela, Finland and various places around Italy.
Dafrosa and Raimundo were married in the Church of Santa Susanna on April 14, 2007.