Driven by his passion for the Italian vocal repertoire of the 18th century, in 2003, Giulio Prandi founded Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri, that he regularly conducts at the major European concert halls (Berliner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, BOZAR in Brussels) and at prestigious international festivals (Ambronay, Besançon, Chaise-Dieu, Oude Muziek Utrecht, MAFestival in Bruges, Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen, Monteverdi Festival in Cremona, MITO Settembremusica and many others).
In 2019, he was appointed the artist-in-residence at the Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht dedicated to the Neapolitan repertoire. He is the Artistic Director of the Centro di Musica Antica della Fondazione Ghislieri in Pavia, awarded by the Premio Abbiati Italian critics award as the “best musical initiative” of 2018.
Giulio carries out a constant research activity, which, over the years, has led to the rediscovery of many rare and yet unpublished works by authors such as Galuppi, Jommelli, Perez, Perti, Durante, Astorga, Leo. He also dedicates himself continuously to the great masterpieces of Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Handel, Joseph and Johann Michael Haydns, Mozart.
He records for Arcana Outhere Music. In 2018, he recorded an album with two yet unpublished works by Pergolesi: Mass in D major and the mottettone Dignas Laudes; the year 2020 brought the recording of Jommelli’s Requiem. Both releases were acclaimed by the critics and were awarded with the “Diapason découverte”. He has made a series of discs for Sony – Deutsche Harmonia Mundi presenting the results of his research on Baldassarre Galuppi, Niccolò Jommelli and Davide Perez, as well as a live recording dedicated to the Roman production of Handel. He also published three records dedicated to Perti, Jommelli and Handel (Dixit Dominusand Messiah) distributed by the Italian magazine Amadeus, (in 2017, its 25th anniversary commemorative issue was dedicated to Giulio Prandi).
Giulio Prandi is active on the field of conducting with other ensembles as I Cameristi della Scala, Opera Lombardia, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. In March 2021, he debuts as a conductor of the Orchestra and Choir of Fondazione Arena di Verona at the Teatro Filarmonico in Jommelli’s Didone abbandonataand Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
Giulio Prandi studied composition with Bruno Zanolini and choral music with Domenico Zingaro at the Conservatorio di musica Giuseppe Verdi di Milano, and graduated in conducting under the guidance by Donato Renzetti. He also has a degree in singing and mathematics.
He regularly holds masterclasses and workshops on the 18th-century Italian sacred repertoire and acts as a member of juries of important international competitions. He is a teacher of choir practice at the Conservatorio di Musica ISSM Franco Vittadini in Pavia. Since 2018, he has been the running the Sacred Polyphony Laboratory at the Conservatorio di musica Giuseppe Verdi in Milan.