Giulio Cilona is a conductor, composer and pianist, born in Sharon, CT (USA) on 28th December 1995.
Giulio is currently 2. Kapellmeister at the Hannover Staatsoper, leading the premiere of Le Nozze di Figaro, the revivals of Hänsel und Gretel, Cosi fan Tutte, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and performances of Sweeney Todd and Marschner’s Der Vampyr during the 21/22 season. Since 2021, he is a conducting fellow at the Dirigentenforum of the Deutscher Musikrat.
He completed his studies in orchestra conducting at the Mozarteum Universität Salzburg with Bruno Weil and was awarded the Bernhard-Paumgartner-Medaille by the Stiftung Mozarteum in 2019. Already during his studies, Giulio worked as an assistant and repetiteur for the Salzburger Oster- and Sommerfestspiele in collaboration with the Dresden Semperoper and as an assistant to the General Music Director at the Salzburg Landestheater. Giulio also overtook numerous opera performances at the Mozarteum and in different festivals like the Festival Europa Musa (Opera-Studio de Genève) for operas like Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, Alcina, La Finta Semplice, Les Contes d’Hoffmann as well as Philippe Boesmans’ opera Reigen with the Österreichisches Ensemble für neue Musik.
In 2019, Giulio’s performances as a conductor included Mahler 5th Symphony at the Stadttheater Wels, Brahms 2nd Symphony with the Philharmonie Bad Reichenhall, concert versions of Don Giovanni and Der Freischutz in Salzburg and a production of Bastien und Bastienne during his time as a Music Director of the Musikfreunde Braunau/Simbach.
Giulio also studied at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover (Piano Konzertfach) and at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, where he graduated with a Magna cum Lauda mention on his 3 Bachelor’s degrees in Piano, Conducting, Composition & Fugue. Between the age of 13 to 17, he studied at the Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie in the exceptional “young talent” program, where he was given pre-universitary courses of Piano, Trumpet, Harmony and Counterpoint.
As a composer, Giulio premiered his Concertino for piano and orchestra at age 18 at the Europa Musa Festival and conducted the premiere of his miniature theatre piece Le Petit Chaperon Rouge with the Odysseia Ensemble in Brussels. He also recorded his own soundtrack for C. Brettar’s movie The Way We Live, produced by Nafari Belgium. Giulio recently conducted his own compositions in an exceptional concert at the Théâtre Royal de Namur with the symphonic choirs from Namur and the Orchestre de La Concorde, a total formation of 200 musicians.
As a pianist soloist, he performed Beethoven 2nd Concerto, Gershwin Concerto in F (live-streamed on EuroClassical Planet), Addinsell Warsaw Concerto, Stravinsky Petrushka and Mozart Piano Concerto Nr. 21 with the Wratislawia Chamber Orchestra (Poland), Limburg Youth Orchestra, Europa Musa Orchestra among others. He took part in several piano competitions and was awarded prizes at Aarhus International Piano Competition, Concours Andrée Charlier, Prix des Jeunes de Verviers, Concorso Internazionale Città di Crispiano (Italy), Concours Rotary Breughel (Bruxelles, Flagey Studio4), Concours de Piano de Liège, and Concours Cavatine, after which he was offered a recital tour in Morocco by the Rotary-Club Namur at age 11.
As parallel instrumental practice, Giulio studied harpsichord (continuo and recitative). He collaborated with Reinard Göbel and with conductor Jean-Marie Curti in the field of historical instrumental practice. He took part as a continuo player in numerous oratorios and baroque operas. Giulio also worked regularly as an organist for many Belgian churches and has performed on many renowned instruments such as the organs in the Cathedrâle Saint-Nicolas de Genève, the ‘Franz Liszt Organ’ at the Fribourg Cathedral, Basilica San Lorenzo di Firenze, Basilique de Verdun, Cathedrâle du Sablon de Bruxelles, etc. He also studied violin and trumpet in his early years.