In 2003 Giulio Prandi founded the Ghislieri Choir and Orchestra animated by his passion for the Italian vocal and sacred repertoire of the 18th century, which he regularly conducts in the major European concert halls (Philharmonie Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, BOZAR Brussels) and in prestigious international festivals (Festival d’Ambronay, Besançon and Chaise-Dieu, Oude Muziek Utrecht, MaFestival Bruges, Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen, Festival Monteverdi di Cremona, Mito Settembremusica, Wratislavia Cantans and many others). In 2019 he is Artist in residence at the Oude Muziek Festival of Utrecht, dedicated this year to the Neapolitan repertoire.
He is artistic director of the Centro di Musica Antica della Fondazione Ghislieria, awarded the “Abbiati” Prize of the Italian Music Critics as “best musical initiative” 2018. He carries out a constant research activity, which over the years has led him to the rediscovery of numerous rare or unpublished works by authors such as Galuppi, Jommelli, Perez, Perti, Durante, Astorga, Leo. He also devotes his work to the great sacred works of Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Händel, Johann Michael Haydn, Joseph Haydn and Mozart.
He recorded for Arcana – Outhere Music, with which in 2018 he issued a volume dedicated to two unpublished Pergolesian works, the Messa in re maggiore and the Mottettone Dignas Laudes. The next release, scheduled for 2020, is dedicated to Niccolò Jommelli’s Requiem.
He has made a series of discs for Sony – Deutsche Harmonia Mundi in which he was able to propose the fruits of his research on Baldassarre Galuppi, Niccolò Jommelli and Davide Perez, as well as a live volume dedicated to Händel’s Roman production. He also published three records dedicated to Perti, Jommelli and Händel (Dixit Dominus and Messiah) in the Italian magazine Amadeus, which in 2017 dedicated the 25th anniversary issue to him.
Giulio Prandi graduated in Conducting under the guidance of Donato Renzetti, after studying Composition with Bruno Zanolini and Choral Music and Choir Conducting with Domenico Zingaro at the “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Milan. He also has a diploma in Singing and a degree in Mathematics.
He regularly holds masterclasses and workshops on the 18th century Italian sacred repertoire and is invited to take part in the juries of important international competitions. He devotes himself with passion to the diffusion of music and teaching. He teaches Choral Education at the ISSM F. Vittadini in Pavia; since 2018 he has held the Laboratory of Sacred Polyphony at the “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Milan.