Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri (Giulio Prandi)
Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri is an Italian vocal and instrumental ensemble, which specialises in the sacred repertoire of the 18th century. Founded in 2003 by their conductor, Giulio Prandi, they have performed in prestigious European concert halls and at major international festivals including BOZAR Music – Brussels, Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen, George Enescu Festival – Bucharest, Ambronay Festival, Auditorium Orchestre National de Lyon, The Arsenal – Metz, Besançon Festival, La Chaise-Dieu Festival, Rouen Opera, Royaumont Foundation, Oude Muziek Utrecht, De Singel – Antwerp, AMUZ – Antwerp, MAfestival – Bruges, MITO Settembre Musica, Stresa Festival, Festival Monteverdi – Cremona and Festival Pergolesi-Spontini – Jesi.
In 2018, they celebrate their 15th anniversary debuting at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In addition to that, during 2018 and 2019 Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri will be featured in concerts in Italy, Malta, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Norway and Spain.
After their debut album for Amadeus, they produced a series of CDs for Sony – Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. In 2018, a new album devoted to Pergolesi has been published for Arcana (Outhere), with the rare Mass in D Major and the hitherto unrecorded Mottettone Dignas laudes resonemus.
Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri is the resident ensemble in residence of the historic Collegio Ghislieri of Pavia, where their artistic development is pursued through rehearsal constantly accompanied by research. Since 2017, this research has been supported by a Scientific Committee established in partnership with the Musicology and Cultural Heritage Department of the University of Pavia.
Giulio Prandi is an Italian conductor, who specialises in the vocal and sacred repertoire of the eighteenth century. He is the artistic and musical director of Ghislierimusica at the Collegio Ghislieri of Pavia. He founded and conducts the Ghislieri Choir & Consort, with whom he has performed at many international concert venues and made numerous recordings. He has also always been involved in the popularisation of early music in his area, particularly by following the activities of the University Choir of Collegio Ghislieri. Since 2017, he has taught Choral Singing at the Conservatorio F. Vittadini in Pavia. In 2017/2018, he held a workshop on the Italian sacred vocal repertoire of the 18th century at the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan.
“Prandi produces admirably direct and strongly characterized performances, with alert and polished playing from the period-instrument orchestra. The choir is also excellent, with words to the fore and a pure blended sound but with plenty of energy and virtuosity where required.” Peter Holman, Early Music (Oxford University Press) – February 2017