Although Giorgio Carnini has achieved fame as an organist, he does not like to consider himself as such in the strict sense of the term. He prefers to present himself as a musician who plays the organ - but also the piano, the harpsichord or the fortepiano -, the orchestra or composition to express his thoughts. Italian by origin, he received his musical training in Argentina, where he began his concert career as a pianist, winning important South American competitions, after studying piano, organ, composition and choral conducting at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Buenos Aires. After moving to Europe, he perfected his organ studies with Ferruccio Vignanelli, without neglecting the pursuit of other musical experiences: serial technique, electronic music, jazz, music for theatre and cinema.
He is considered one of today's most important organists and has played for the most important musical institutions including the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, RAI, the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, the Arena in Verona, the Montreux Festival, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Settimane Musicali in Stresa, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and the Sala Nervi in the Vatican, often proposing monographic programmes such as those dedicated to Beethoven, Messiaen and Mozart, held for the Teatro alla Scala. He has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and the Americas.He has many first performances by contemporary composers who have written concerts for him for organ and orchestra (Morricone, Ravinale, Zafred, Gentile, Mannino...). He made his debut as a conductor in 1983 with the Orchestra of Padua and since then has alternated between the two activities. He has recorded for Ricordi, Emi, Nuova Era, Bavarian Radio and the complete organ works of Brahms for the magazine "CD Classica". Many of his concerts have been broadcast by the three RAI networks and in Eurovision. Being convinced of the necessity for an artist to leave a testimony of his own experience, he has dedicated part of his activity to teaching. A former professor of principal organ at the L'Aquila Conservatory, he has held master classes at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and masterclasses for conservatories and other institutions.
Author of stage music for theatre and cinema, he has collaborated with various directors and playwrights including Giorgio Albertazzi, Giancarlo Sbragia, Rocco Familiari, Giovanni Fago, Carlos Branca and, for twenty-five years, Gabriele Lavia. The homesickness for Buenos Aires prompted him to evoke Argentine sounds and atmospheres, which began to come to life in the play "Tango", commissioned by the Parisian theatre "Guichet Montparnasse", later finding their definitive arrangement in the monologue "Mi Buenos Aires perdido", on a text by Cesare Mazzonis with Andrea Giordana narrator, premiered under the direction of the author on May 4th 2019 in the Sala Accademica of the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome, during the 6th edition of the festival "Un organo per Roma".
The Municipality of Rome entrusted him with the official inauguration of the monumental organ of the 2000 Jubilee, donated to John Paul II and located in the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Rome. He performed the complete works for organ by Bach, commissioned by the Accademia Filarmonica Romana. In 2003 he founded the Camerata Italica, an orchestra composed of young Italian musicians who have often accompanied him on his tours in Italy and abroad. He has also been very successful in promoting the 'Pedalflügel Doppio Borgato', a grand piano with an attached pedalboard, and has also encouraged contemporary composers to write for this instrument and orchestra. Since 2011, he has been involved in the 'Un Organo per Roma' project to provide the Auditorium Parco della Musica and Rome with a large concert organ, which is currently missing, and which is linked to the festival of the same name, which he conceived and which is now in its seventh edition.
With the "Fourth Concerto for organ, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones and orchestra", which Ennio Morricone had dedicated to him, defining it after the 1995 premiere as "almost unperformable" due to its difficulty and of which he is still the only performer in the world, he closed the evening that Nuova Consonanza offered to the great Maestro - at the author's explicit request - on November 16th, 2018 on the occasion of his 90th birthday. In September 2019 he was awarded the prestigious Scanno Prize XLV edition, for his life in the service of music.