Professor in Musicology and Music History at the University of Siena, History and Cultural Heritage Department (2021- ), previously fixed term Researcher since 2018. In 2019 she obtained the National Academic Qualification as Associate Professor in L-Art/07 (Musicology and Music History) scientific sector.
After graduating from the University of Rome 'Tor Vergata' in Disciplines of performing arts and music (2005), she went on to complete a master on Library science (Vatican City State, 2007) and a PhD on the dissemination of the cantata in printed sources in Italy between 1620 and 1738 (University of Rome 'Tor Vergata', 2012).
Prior to joining the staff of the University of Siena she collaborated in the Printed Sacred Music project (Université de Fribourg, RISM Switzerland, 2013) and she held different fellowships in Italy and Switzerland:
- Senior Research Fellow at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern (2015-2018) in the project Creating the Neapolitan Canon. Music and music theory between Paris and Naples in the early nineteenth century (dir. Claudio Bacciagaluppi), financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation;
- Fellowship at the German Historical Institute in Rome (2014), studying the collection of cantatas once belonged to Giuseppe Sigismondo, now in the conservatory library of Naples;
- Fellowship at the Giorgio Cini Foundation-Antonio Vivaldi Italian Institute (2012), studying Antonio Vivaldi's cantatas and serenatas.
She presently is scientific coordinator in the projects Clori. The Archive of the Italian Cantata (Italian Musicological Society, 2007- ), and Artisti in movimento (University of Siena, 2019- ). She is the scientific referent of the research project devoted to the musical library of the Sienese Opera del Duomo, launched in 2020.
She is actually a member of the scientific committee of «Chigiana. Journal of Musicological Studies» (2019- ), «International Journal of Literature and Arts» (2018- ), and «Annali di Studi Umanistici» (2022- ); of the directive committee of «Studi Vivaldiani» (2021- ). She actively collaborates with the Antonio Vivaldi Italian Institute and carries out scientific consultancy/revision activities for «Studi Musicali», «Fonti Musicali Italiane», and «Musicologica Austriaca». She is actually an elected member of the board of directors of ADUIM, Associazione fra I Docenti Universitari Italiani di Musica (2020- ). She has been a member of the board of directors of the Italian Musicological Society (2016-2018). Since 2017 she is director of the Fabrizio De André study centre.
During the early career stage she received the First Prize in the 2nd Francesco Maria Ruspoli competition (2010) with an essay on printing and publishing in Bologna, and the Special Jury Prize in the Severino-Boezio-Rotary International Competition in Turin (2011) with an essay on printed madrigals in the 17th century. She obtained a Grant of the Swiss National Found to publish her book Tra Napoli e Parigi. Storie di una migrazione libraria.
Giulia Giovani has presented at various international conferences throughout Europe and USA and she has published critical editions (Bärenreiter, SEdM), monographs (SEdM, Accademia Senese degli Intronati, LIM) and essays in peer-review journals («Studi Musicali», «Philomusica-on-line», «Rivista Italiana di Musicologia»), collectanea and conference proceedings. She has made research for specialized dictionaries as "Dizionario egli Editori Musicali Italiani" (entries relating to the Bolognese, Florentine and Neapolitan printers and publishers), "Das Händel-Lexicon" (entries relating to eight Italian cantatas by Händel), "Die Musik in Geschichte Gegenwart" , “Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani”.
Current projects include a study of musical inventories of the Siena cathedral. She is also working on an essay on Le reciproche gelosie by Alessandro Melani and on a critical edition of the letters by the composer Giacomo Antonio Perti.
Main research interests
Her's research centers on music printing and publishing in the 17th and early 18th centuries, on vocal music (particularly the genre of the cantata), on 17th and 18th centuries European musical collections, on music heritage valorization.