Dr. Kris Rizzotto

Official website of the Latvian Brazilian organist Dr. Kris Rizzotto

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Latvian Brazilian transgender organist and composer Dr. Kris Rizzotto at home on a snowy Easter Sunday in Minnesota DSC_8356

Dr. Rizzotto is an active international recitalist who is passionate about playing works by living composers. Dr. Rizzotto has played concerts in Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, and in 20 American states. They are currently the Director of Music at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

Dr. Rizzotto became a published composer after Toccata was released by Wayne Leupold Editions in 2014 and is now a self-published composer. They were named a member of The Diapason’s 20 Under 30 Class of 2017, which recognizes young leaders in the fields of organ, harpsichord, carillon, and church music. Kris was previously the organist at Rio de Janeiro’s Benedictine Abbey, owner of one of the oldest organs in South America and where the Carioca monks have kept the tradition of the chants and liturgy alive since the 16th century.

Kris holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance from the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Music in Organ Performance and Sacred Music from East Carolina University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Magna cum Laude. Their doctoral dissertation was about the importance of music in the formation of the national identity of the Latvian people, focusing on organ compositions by Aivars Kalējs which represent the values and spirit of the Latvian heritage.

Kris politely asks you to refer to them using they/them or she/her pronouns or simply their name. Thank you kindly for your understanding.