Giulio Zappa was born in Monza. He completed his musical studies under the guidance of Oleg Marshev, graduating in piano performance with the highest distinction. At the same time, he graduated in foreign languages and literature at the State University of Milan with a thesis on Russian opera.
Zappa trained as a repertoire pianist in Milan, in Bianca Maria Casoni’s singing class. He then studied with Aldo Ciccolini and Irwin Gage, with the latter in the repertoire of vocal chamber music, which has always been Zappa’s greatest passion.
Since 1996, Zappa has actively performed all around the world. He is also frequently invited as a vocal coach and collaborator in theaters and festivals across the globe. Zappa has accompanied and coached hundreds of artists of various generations in Italian and foreign opera.
In recent years, Zappa has successfully dedicated himself to teaching piano accompanists and singers and has been invited to various institutions, including the Bologna Opera School, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Academy, the Verdi Academy of Parma, the Teatro Real and the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid, the Tel Aviv Opera Studio, the Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artists program, the Academy of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and ISACT at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Since 2012, Zappa has been the artistic director of the Tenerife Opera Studio, a project dedicated to the discovery of young opera talents, whom he also prepares musically.
Zappa has performed in the most important halls in the world, including the Staatsoper in Vienna, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Opernhaus Zürich, the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Wigmore Hall in London, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, and others.