Fačini, Tomislav | conductor

Date created: 07.03.2014.
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Tomislav Fačini (1975) was born in Zagreb. From 1992 - 1996 he studied conducting at the Zagreb Academy of Music with Igor Gjadrov. He later studied at the Hans Swarowsky Academy in Milan and at the Karlsruhe High School of Music. Tomislav Fačini is presently engaged as an assistant lecturer at the Conducting Department of the Zagreb Academy of Music. He holds numerous Croatian and international awards including the Rector's Award, the City of Zagreb Award, two prizes of the Croatian Composers Society, and both 2nd and Special Prize at the Antonio Pedrotti International Conducting Competition in Trento.

Since 1993 he has conducted St Marco Church Oratory Choir in Zagreb, which included the stage performances of  Širolina's Mother of God, the Stone Gate and Matz' Christmas Tale,  the first performance of Foretić's Mass at the Zagreb Musical Biennial, the integral performance of Pope Marcellus Mass by G. P. da Palaestrina and the renovation of the Choir's oratory repertoire (Mozart's Requiem, Stahuljak's Missa-Mystery, Durufle's Requiem, Haydn's Seasons, Orff's Carmina Burana, Schmit's The Book with Seven Seals, etc.). Particularly noted was his engagement in the Croatian Cultural Week in Ireland. At the Varaždin Baroque Evenings Festival he conducted the premiere of Paisiello's The Barber of Seville, and assisted Paul Eswood in the modern first performance of Cavalli's opera Pompeo Magno. At the Croatian National Theatre of Zagreb he assisted in numerous operas including Mozart's The Magic Flute and The Abduction from the Seraglio, Trigos' De cachetito raspado and Mis dos cabezas, and on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of Verdi he conducted the premiere of Traviata and Puccini's Triptych. At the Sarajevo Opera he staged Zajc's Nikola Šubić Zrinjski, and in May this year he conducted the premiere of Bizet's Carmen.

With the Croatian Army Symphony Wind Orchestra he first performed and recorded around two hours of music by the Croatian composers, particularly those belonging to the young generation. In 2004 he was appointed chief conductor of that orchestra, with which he renewed the concert season at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in 2005, the Croatian Musical Institute and other concert halls. The Orchestra has appeared extensively at home and abroad, and continued to promote the works by the Croatian composers. Its programme comprises the outstanding compositions that have seldom been performed in Croatia.

In the field of chamber music he has worked with the finest soloists and performed the works such as Schonberg's Pierrot lunaire, Hindemith's Kammermusik and Papandopulo's Concerto da camera and Chamber Symphony. With the recently founded ensemble Soloists of St Marco, he first performed, i.e. gave the modern first performances of the works by Croatian composers (Kempf, Brkanović, Magdić, Puliti, Lauran and Cecchini). In 2003 he conducted the Opening Ceremony of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Tomislav Fačini has worked with the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Slovenian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Varaždin Chamber Orchestra, the Croatian Army Symphony Wind Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Sarajevo National Theatre Opera the Haydn Orchestra from Trento and Bolzan, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, the Sicily Symphony Orchestra and the Choir of the Zagreb Radio and Television. From 2005 he has been artistic director of St Donat Music Festival in Zadar.