Born and educated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Norberto Guinaldo attended the School of Fine Arts at the University of La Plata and Catholic University in Buenos Aires. In both institutions he studied organ with Hermes Forti, a graduate of the Academy of St. Cecilia in Rome and a former pupil of the renowned organist Fernando Germani_ At Catholic University he also studied harmony with Alberto Ginastera, who, as head of the School of Music, named Mr. Guinaldo assistant to Hermes Forti_ Forti, likewise, chose Mr. Guinaldo to be his assistant at the great four-manual Cavaille-Coll organ at the Basilica of the Holy Sacrament. Mr. Guinaldo played there from 1953 to 1959, when he imigrated to the USA.
Mr. Guinaldo holds the Master's Degree in Theory and Composition from the University of California at Riverside and the Diplome Superieure d'Orgue from the Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, where he studied with Jean Langlais.
He has been organist at the United Methodist Church of Garden Grove since 1965. It is here he has premiered most of his organ works in church services, concerts, and for regional conventions of the AGO. Also, Mr. Guinaldo has been organist at Temple Ner Tamid in Downey CA since 1962.
Mr. Guinaldo has won first prizes in composition in 1964, 1966, 1967, 1970 and 1986. He has been a recipient of the following commissions: the short oratorio Path to Peace in 1976. Six Contemplations of the Pascal Lamb (private patron), premiered in 1987, Oblations ofRemembrance (AGO) premiered in 1989; A Carol on the Birth of Christ (private patron), a nine-minute work for soprano and organ premiered in 1992; Rhapsody on a French Carol (private patron), written for the inauguration of the horizontal trumpets of the great organ of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles; Novissimis a 45 minute work premiered on February 15, 1998 for the inauguration for the new Glatter-Goetz organ at Claremont, (California) United Church of Christ.
Mr. Guinaldo wrote and premiered Credo an hour long work in twelve sections for the Far-western Regional Convention of the AGO in 1983. The piece was received with great acclaim in California, New York, and Buenos Aires.
In addition to organ music, Mr. Guinaldo has written piano and choral works and works for symphonic and chamber ensembles. Many of his works have been championed by national and international artists.
Mr. Guinaldo has performed in the USA, as well as in Europe, Argentina and Mexico.