THE ACTIVITIES OF THE CENTRO DI MUSICA ANTICA

The Centro di Musica Antica della Fondazione Ghislieri is one of the most active Italian musical realities on a national and international level. The centre is active in the field of research, production and diffusion of cultured music, with particular regard to the Italian sacred repertoire of the 18th century.

Over the years, the Centre has created a series of activities of high scientific and artistic profile, interacting with the most relevant European contexts of the sector, while maintaining strong roots with its city – Pavia – and its territory, through an effective and widespread dissemination action, especially aimed at young people.

Among the main activities of the Centro di Musica Antica (which since 2010 has been a member of REMA – European Network of Early Music) are the following:

  • An intense concert and record production activity of the resident ensemble Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri, which under the direction of its director Giulio Prandi performs regularly in the most prestigious festivals and concert halls in Europe (Concertgebow Amsterdam, Berliner Philharmonie, Bozar Bruxelles, Festival d’Ambronay, Oude Muziek Utrecht and many others);
  • A rich programme of events on Pavia’s territory, through concert reviews, meetings, shows, open rehearsals, workshops, music in schools, etc..
  • A regular programme of artistic residencies, aimed in particular at emerging artists and ensembles selected from all over Europe in the framework of the eeemerging Project;
  • The diffusion of musical culture among the new generations through their direct involvement in innovative and transversal training projects, as well as cultural activities of various kinds;
  • An articulated networking action on an international, national and local level, with the intent to develop both cultural projects of great impact and wide scope, and micro actions on the territory, aimed at breaking down the barriers towards the so-called “cultured” music, approaching in the most inclusive way possible the population groups usually foreign to this repertoire.

The resident ensemble Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri, with the support of a Scientific Committee set up in partnership with the University of Pavia, has developed over the years a unique project: to recreate the model of the great musical chapels of the eighteenth century in order to revive, alongside the cornerstones of the Baroque and classical repertoire, extraordinary forgotten masterpieces by authors such as Perez, Jommelli, Galuppi.

In 2018 the Group was awarded the Diapason Découverte for its latest recording dedicated to two unpublished works by G.B. Pergolesi (Messa in re and Dignas laudes) recorded for the Arcana – Outhere label.

In 2019 the Centro di Musica Antica was awarded the prestigious Premio Abbiati for the best Italian musical activity 2018.


The Centro di Musica Antica is supported by the Ghislieri Foundation and carries out its activities thanks to the contribution of:

  • Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali
  • Regione Lombardia
  • Comune di Pavia
  • Camera di Commercio di Pavia
  • Fondazione Cariplo
  • UBI Banca
  • EDiSU

The Ghislieri Foundation’s Centro di Musica Antica is an institutional partner of the University of Pavia and is sponsored by the Province of Pavia.