- Assistant Artistic Director / Music
Tomislav Fačini (1975) completed his studies in 1996, winning the Rector’s Award. He later studied at the Accademia Hans Swarowsky in Milan and the Karlsruhe University of Music. Fačini was a laureate in the International Antonio Pedrotti Competition. He currently teaches conducting at the Zagreb Academy of Music.
From 1994 – 2008 Fačini served as Choirmaster of St Mark’s Church Oratory Choir, from 2003 – 2009 as Chief Conductor of the Croatian Army Orchestra, from 2006 – 2009 as Artistic Director of St Donat Music Evenings Festival in Zadar, and from 2014 he has been Chief Conductor of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra.
In 2017 he has been appointed Artistic Director of the Croatian Radio and Television Choir and has been in charge of the Sfumato and Kanconijer cycles. Fačini also serves as Artistic Director of the Antiphonus Ensemble, with which he has successfully appeared throughout Croatia and abroad, also featuring an extensive concert season in Zagreb. Performing both concert and opera repertoire, he has conducted at major festivals in the neighbouring countries and at practically all Croatian festivals.
Tomislav Fačini has appeared with nearly all Croatian ensembles. With Symphony Orchestras of the Croatian Radio and Television and the Slovenian Radio and Television he has performed in concerts, released numerous CDs and made recordings for film and phonoarchives. He conducts on a regular basis the Neumarkt-based International Youth Orchestra, which consists of young musicians from around ten countries. Fačini has conducted a number of modern first performances of works by old Croatian masters and premiered numerous new pieces, using every opportunity to promote Croatian music. His most successful last season’s programmes include operas Agrippina (Handel), The Barber of Seville (Rossini)and Dido and Aeneas (Purcell); oratories Mors et vita (Gounod), St John’s Passion (Bach) and The Seasons (Haydn); cycles The World of Music and Lisinski Concert Hall on Saturdays; and festivals The Zagreb Music Biennale (closing concert), the Varaždin Baroque Evenings, the Osor Music Evenings, St Donat Evenings and the Samobor Musical Autumn. Marking the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth, he conducted the Antiphonus Ensemble performing his Three Books of Madrigals, Missa in illo tempore and Vespro della Beata Vergine. In addition to conducting, Tomislv Fačini is engaged in composing and arranging music.
Tomislav Fačini was appointed Assistant to Festival's Artistic Director for music programme on 10 October 2017 and again on 1 September 2019 for another four years.
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