Ghislieri Schola Gregoriana is a male vocal formation dedicated to the Renaissance and Baroque tradition of Gregorian chant. Founded in 2013 by its director Renato Cadel, the Schola is part of the artistic project of the Ghislieri Foundation’s Centro di Musica Antica, directed by Giulio Prandi. The group regularly takes part in Ghislieri Choir and Orchestra productions, not only for the performance of polyphony in alternatim, but also to enhance the liturgical nature of sacred music and to deepen the relationship between vocal counterpoint and monody. The Schola also collaborates with the organist Maria Cecilia Farina, with whom it carries out passionate research on the Gregorian roots of various organ repertoires, from the Italian Baroque (in particular the work of G. Frescobaldi) and German Baroque (J. S. Bach and D. Buxtehude) to the Spanish composers of the Siglo de Oro. La Schola has sung in various Italian festivals (MITO, Pavia Barocca, Stresa festival, musical Vespers in San Maurizio in Milan) and in prestigious international contexts (Festival d’Ambronay, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, MAfestival in Bruges, Oude Muziek in Utrecht, Teatru Manoel in Malta, Rassegna organtica della Svizzera Italiana).
Renato Cadel graduated with honors in Lute at the Conservatory of Pavia under the guidance of M. Lonardi, and in Singing at the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland with L. Castellani. He studied Renaissance Polyphony at the Civic School of Milan and Gregorian Chant at A.I.S.C.Gre. courses in Cremona and Venice. Alongside his musical studies, he graduated with honors in Philosophy from the University of Pavia. Bass-baritone, he carries out an intense concert activity as an interpreter of ancient and contemporary music. He sang together with various ensembles (including Accademia Bizantina, Accademia d’Arcadia, Cappella Neapolitana, Coro Costanzo Porta, Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri, Ensemble Biscantores and Vox Àltera), under the direction of such masters as A. Bernardini, O. Dantone, A. De Marchi, A. Florio, A. Greco, T. Koopman, N. McGegan, G. Prandi, F. M. Sardelli and A. Tamayo. He sang some first performances of the composers C. Boccadoro, A. Donati, F. Hoch and F. Perotti. He founded and conducts the Schola Gregoriana Ghislieri. As a lutenist, he regularly plays in the Quartetto di Liuti da Milano, of which he is co-founder. He has performed in prestigious festivals and concert halls in Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Poland, Latvia, Romania, Greece, Malta, Portugal and Brazil, performing live broadcasts for major international radio stations. He has recorded for Amadeus, Arcana, Brilliant Classics, Concerto Classics, Glossa, Sony-DHM and Tactus. He teaches Gregorian chant for the Baroque sacred music workshop at the Conservatory of Milan.