Giulio Mercati
Born in Saronno, Italy, Giulio Mercati began studying music at the age of six under the tutelage of his grandfather, Maestro Lamberto Torrebruno, a representative of an important family of musicians: he then completed his musical studies in organ, composition, and harpsichord under distinguished and famous musicians.
Giulio Mercati is extremely active and esteemed as a concert performer: as an organ and harpsichord soloist he played in more than twenty countries. He performed in some of the most important concert halls and cathedrals, from the Great Concert Hall of the Philharmonic Orchestra in St. Petersburg to the Cathedral of St. Patrick in New York. He’s also active as an organist and as a continuo player in many important ensembles, working especially with and the Orchestra of Italian Switzerland (Orchestra della Svizzera italiana), under conductors such as Alain Lombard, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Juraj Valčuha, Alexander Vedernikov, Heinz Holliger, Hubert Soudant, Howard Griffiths, Markus Poschner, Timothy Brock, Antonello Manacorda, Diego Fasolis, Stefano Montanari, Ottavio Dantone, Pablo González and many others. He was accompanied by some important orchestras, playing several concerts for organ and orchestra – from Haendel to Hindemith and Poulenc – as a soloist and many times also as a conductor. He has recorded for the RTSI (Swiss Italian Radio), Bottega Discantica and Tactus. He is the director of the vocal group San Bernardo, and is resident organist at the Basilica Prepositurale di San Vincenzo in Prato in Milan, at the Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli in Lugano, and at the Santuario della Beata Vergine dei Miracoli in Saronno. He regularly plays in duo with the famous pianist Vovka Ashkenazy, Vladimir’s eldest son. He’s an active composer, especially in the field of organ and choral music. His most recent work is the music for the theatre production of Interrogatorio a Maria, by Giovanni Testori, with Angela Demattè and directed by Andrea Chiodi.
The 26th of May 2019 a disc will be released and presented, completely dedicated to his works, published by Tactus and entitled «Giulio Mercati: Interrogatorio a Maria and other sacred works». In 1996, Giulio Mercati received an Honours Degree in Philosophy from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, for his dissertation on musical aesthetics. He’s an esteemed musicologist and lecturer. His most important publication is an extended essay, entitled “Bruno Bettinelli: il cammino di un musicista”, dedicated to the life and works of Milanese composer Bruno Bettinelli, in light of the most recent hermeneutic philosophical developments, brought out by the publisher Rugginenti (Milano). In 2018 he published a large scientific essay on the Theological Revue of Lugano, with the title “Birth, evolution and use of the Kirchenlied: between the catholic model and the community singing’s urges”.
As musicologist he worked also for the Teatro alla Scala, the Orchestra Verdi, the Festival MiTo, the Festival Milano Musica and many other important music festivals. He is artistic director, and even creator, of numerous prestigious international festivals in Italy, in Switzerland and in Spain. He’s Professor of History of sacred music at the Faculty of Theology in Lugano. He’s cofounder and director of the Course of Liturgical Music, organized by the Diocese of Lugo (Spain).  


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