Biography

Fernando Fracassi – Photo by Isolde Krapf for Main Post (Bad Kissingen, Germany © 2017)

FERNANDO FRACASSI

Music Genres: Ambient, Classical, Crossover, Electroacoustic, Progressive Electronic, Fusion, Soundtrack, World Music
Principal Music Instruments: Böhm flutes (all family), recorders (all family), ethnical, amplified and modified flutes and piccolos
Complementary Music Instruments: wind midi controller, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, live electronics, electro-acoustic guitar


BIOGRAPHY

Fernando Fracassi is an Italian flutist, piccolo player, composer and arranger. In addition, he is also a playwright, writer, podcaster, mentor, producer and Imaginative Music creator.
Fernando Fracassi holds two Masters Degrees in Music Performance and Education with specialization in Flute (Lorenzo Perosi Conservatory of Music of the Italian State, Campobasso, Italy, 1983, Mentor: Prof. Alessio Persichilli) and Chamber Music (Gaetano Braga Higher College of Musical Studies, Teramo, Italy, 2007 – Mentor: Prof. Luciano Cerroni). He also followed master classes with Conrad Klemm (Böhm Flute, 1983), William Bennett (Böhm Flute, 1987), Arrigo Tassinari (Böhm Flute, from 1983 to 1985), Stephen Preston (ancient flutes and recorders, 1983), Berthold Kuijken (ancient flutes and recorders, 2000) and Emil Simon (flute soloist training, conducting).
In the field of Music Therapy, he has been student of Rolando Benenzon (Active Music Therapy, Anni Verdi Association, Rome, Italy (1999) and specialized in Imaginative Psychology with Claudio Widmann (IPA, Institute of Applied Psychology of Turin, Italy, 2020).
When Fernando Fracassi was only 13 years old, he won the First Price at the International Music Exhibition of Milan (Italy, 1975), a national young musicians competition. Some years later, he obtained the First Price at National Flute Competition of Terranuova Bracciolini (Arezzo, Italy, 1984). 

Fernando Fracassi and William Bennett at The Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra during a masterclass of the British flutist with the participations of some Fernando Fracassi’s Omani students (Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 2011)

As a composer, playright and writer, Fernando Fracassi has been a member of SIAE – Italian Society of Authors and Editors, Rome, Italy from 1985 to 2017. Since 2017, he is a member of GEMA – German Society for Authors and Editors, Munich, Germany holding the same qualifications.
Fernando Fracassi also worked as a music critic for the Italian magazine Molise Oggi, Campobasso, Italy, 1987.

Fernando Fracassi and Placido Domingo at The Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra during the rehearsals for the Official Opening of the Royal Opera House (Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 2011)

Fernando Fracassi has performed for many years at various European Philharmonic and Symphonic Orchestras and Symphonic Military Bands in quality of Principal Flute, Principal Piccolo such as Second and Third Flute with Piccolo obligation. The principal orchestra positions which Fernando Fracassi held are the following: Piccolo Soloist at European Union Military Band (Breda, the Netherlands, 2005) for a Gala concert to the presence of Her Majesty the Queen Beatrix of Holland – Golden 50th Military Taptoe, Principal Piccolo Player and Soloist at Italian Army Symphonic Band (Rome, Italy, from 2000 to 2007) – conductor: Fulvio Creux, Principal Flutist at Molise Symphony Orchestra (Campobasso, from 1997 to 2000) – conductor: Franz Albanese, Co-Principal Flutist and Piccolo player at Oradea State Philharmonic Orchestra – Principal conductors: Horia Andreescu, Miron Rațiu, Cristian Mandeal, Răzvan Cernat, Romeo Rimbu (Oradea, Romania, 1990-1991 and 1993-1996), Co-Principal Flutist and Piccolo player at Târgu Mureș State Philharmonic Orchestra (Târgu Mureș, Romania, 1990-1991 and 1993-1996), Piccolo player at Satu Mare State Philharmonic Orchestra (Satu Mare, Romania, (1991), Flutist at Ferrazzano Festival (principal conductor: Piero Bellugi (Ferrazzano, Italy, 1989), Flutist at Rome Union Musicians´ (principal composers and conductors: Ennio Morricone, Riz Ortolani) – Cinecittà Movie Studios (Rome, Italy, 1987-1988), Principal Flutist at Euro Shows Symphonic Orchestra (Livorno, Italy, 1983) – Conductor: Enrico De Mori, Second Flute at Piovera Youth Orchestra – Conductor: Giorgio Ferrari (Piovera, Italy, 1979).

Fernando Fracassi and Hariprasad Chaurasia (Hindustani Indian Bansuri Flute Player) after a concert at Hong Kong City Hall (Hong Kong, China, 2015)

His career as a Flute and Piccolo soloist and recitalist is very intense and important since 1983. Fernando Fracassi has played as a soloist for the President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (Parco della Musica Auditorium – Santa Cecilia Main Hall, direct worldwide broadcast for RAI International, Italian National Broadcasting (Rome, Italy, 2004), the Sultan Qaboos bin Said (private concert at his residence in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman) and the Queen Beatrix of Holland (Military Golden Taptoo, Breda, The Netherlands, 2005).
We count among the other outstanding events: a solo concert at Hong Kong City Hall – Conductor: Sown Lee Choi – Symphonia Orchestra – (Hong Kong, China, 2015), a solo concert at Rockefeller Center Gardens – Columbus Day 2004 Edition (followed by an interview for Good Morning America by CBS, New York City, USA) – Conductor: Fulvio Creux – Italian Army Symphonic Band (New York City, USA, 2004), and a Piccolo Solo concert at San Feliciano Auditorium (Lodi, New Jersey, USA, 2004) – Conductor: Fulvio Creux – Italian Army Symphonic Band.
Other memorable Chamber Music recitals and solo concerts with orchestra accompaniment has been performed by Fernando Fracassi at Carl Maria von Weber Museum and Summer Memorial House (pianist: Serena Chillemi – Dresden, Germany, 2018), Steinway & Sons, Branch of Munich – Rubinsteinsaal, (pianist: Serena Chillemi – Munich, Germany, 2018), Savoia Municipal Theater (Conductor: Romeo Rimbu, Oradea State Philharmonic Orchestra, Campobasso, Italy – 1997), National Theater (guest conductor: Remus Georgescu and resident conductor: Radu Ciorei, Constanța Symphonic Orchestra, Constanța, Romania, 1995 and 1997), Oradea´s National Theater (guest conductor: Horst Gehann, Oradea´s State Philarmonic Orchestra, Oradea, Romania – 1991), Royal Opera House (Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 2011) – Gala Concert for the official opening of Opera House – Collaboration with Placido Domingo and Eugene Kuhn as a trainer of the wind section of the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra (ROSO)(Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 2010), Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (Mönchengladbach, Germany, 2017).
Fernando Fracassi has been invited as a Flute Soloist or take part as a Orchestra member (Solo Piccolo player) to various festivals. We remember between them: the Spoleto Festival (Spoleto, Italy, 2002) – Concert with the participation of Luciano Pavarotti, the Mozart Anniversary (Târgu Mureș, Romania, 1991) – guest conductor: Aurel Niculescu, Nagy Emese, harp, the Mozart Anniversary (Bucharest, Romania, 1991) – Italian Institute of Culture in Romania – guest conductor: Alexandru Moroșanu).

Fernando Fracassi – Recital at ´Carl Maria von Weber Museum and Memorial House´ (Dresden, Germany, 2018)

Fernando Fracassi collaborates also with various Universities and Institutes of Culture. Between the various Institutions, he has cooperated in the past with The University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Music for Band (Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA) for CDs and live concerts with Prof. David Gregory, Prof. Thomas Fraschillo, Prof. Luigi Zaninelli from 2000 to 2007, the New York University, NYU, Department of Contemporary Music (New York City, 1993), co-working with Prof. Robert Sirota and Prof. Dinu Ghezzo for recordings and live concerts. He also took part as a conductor to a social project for disadvantaged children called Soshanguve Music Project and Orchestra. The project has been promoted by UNISA, the University of South Africa (Pretoria, South Africa, 2013) – (Coordinator: Arisa Vogel, Head of Music Department).

Fernando Fracassi during his masterclass for UNISA, University of South Africa (Pretoria) dedicated to South African disadvantaged children and concerning the humanitarian project ‘Soshanguve Music Project and Orchestra’ (Soshanguve, Tswane, Republic of South Africa, 2013)

Fernando Fracassi has recorded different CDs and liquid music. Currently, he records his CDs, poadcasts and videos at his private recording studio based in Würzburg, Germany. Between his works we list: Lebensmelodien (Melodies of Life) – Fernando Fracassi: flutes and electronics, Saida Khalilova: piano, – Fernando Fracassi Music, Copyright © 2021 (GEMA, Munich, Germany), Babesch – The History of Western Classical Music – Anthology – Angela Picco: piano – Fernando Fracassi Productions, Copyright © 2013 (SIAE, Rome, Italy), Gaetano Labanchi: Gran Terzetto di Concerto for piccolo, alto clarinet, clarinet and symphonic band (Luciano Cascioli, alto clarinet – Carlo Calcagnini, clarinet – Fulvio Creux: conductor – Italian Army Symphonic Band (Scomegna Editions, Turin, Italy © 2007) and Claude Bolling: Suite No. 2 for flute and jazz piano trio (Paolo Subrizi: piano, Peter Kinda (Double Bass), László Orban (drums and percussions) (Fernando Fracassi Productions, Oradea, Romania © 1993).

Fernando Fracassi (Portrait)

In addition, Fernando Fracassi works in the fields of Theater with a particular interest for writing stories with music near to different concert-lessons. His shows are often commissioned by Italian and foreigner Institutes of Culture, Universities, Academies and cultural associations included public libraries. We found between his productions: Leonardo and Music (commissioned by Italian Consolate in Israel, West Bank, Jerusalem, 2019 – First performance: Al Haqawati National Palestinian Theater (Jerusalem, Israel, 2019), show included in the official celebrations of the Italian Republic for the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci and Babesch – The History of Western Instrumental Classical Music from J.S.Bach to F.Poulenc – CD produced by Fernando Fracassi Productions (Rome, Italy – Copyright SIAE©2013). Besides, he collaborated with the actress Cristina Oprean and the pianist Andrada Stefan for the Romanian edition of this show (Constanța, Romania, 2013).

Fernando Fracassi: Leonardo and Music – Al Haqawati National Palestinian Theater (Jerusalem, Israel, 2019)

The activity as a teacher and mentor of Fernando Fracassi started in 1981 and is still today very intense. He worked as a Music Teacher for the Ministry of Education of the Italian State – Lazio and Molise regions – (1982-2003). Later, he taught at The Royal Muscat Philharmonic Orchestra (RMPO), under His Majesty the Sultan Qaboos bin Said (Muscat. from 2011 to 2013) – Flute Teacher, Wind Ensemble Tutor, The Royal Oman Symphonic Orchestra (ROSO), under His Majesty the Sultan Qaboos bin Said) (Muscat, from 2010 to 2013) – Flute Teacher, Wind Ensemble Tutor, The Royal Guards of Oman Military School of Music (RGOMSM) under His Majesty the Sultan Qaboos bin Said (Muscat. from 2009 to 2010) – Flute Teacher. From 2018 to 2019, he has been Flute Teacher at the Daniel Barenboim-Edward Said Foundation (Ramallah, West Bank, 2018-2019) and trainer for the Winds Department at Filistine Youth Musician Orchestra (FYMO) (Ramallah, West Bank, 2018-2019) – Guest Conductor: Eugeniy Chevkenov.

Fernando Fracassi – Flute Teacher at Daniel Baremboim/Edward Said Foundation, (Ramallah, West Bank, 2018-2019)

Near his principal activities of composer, flutist, piccolo player, playright and writer, Fernando Fracassi is researcher and coach in the field of Psychology of Music and particularly in the area of Imaginative Psychology and Music.
After a brief collaboration with the Imago Institute of Munich (Prof. Dr. Gina Kästele, Germany, 2015) for a workshop about the Receptive Music Therapy, he created and patented in 2018 a new music genre called Imaginative Music to apply to coaching against Stress diseases, anxiety and insomnia. During this year, he promoted as a speaker this new music genre together with his studies about Music and Imagery at the Kairos congress, organized by the Akademie Heiligenfeld GmbH (Bad Kissingen, Germany), a center very well known internationally for the therapy against Stress.
In the field of Music Pedagogy, Fernando Fracassi created and patented also a method for preschool children (aged 6 months to 3 years) for the contestual learning of Music and Second Language during the Developmental Age. The method, called LDM, Linguistic Development and Music, Fracassi Method – Copyright © 2015 has been tried out and practiced at Babysteps/Focus Media (Hong Kong, China, 2015).

Eugene Kuhn at The Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra during the rehearsals for the Official Opening of the Royal Opera House (Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 2011)

Currently, Fernando Fracassi performs live mostly Solo Flute Recitals in which he plays various kinds of flutes and recorders (including ancients, Böhm and ethnical flutes) in combination with Live Electronics, sound effects and synthesized voices.
The music repertoire ranges from Electroacoustic Music to Soundtracks, from Ambient Music to Progressive Electronic or World Music and is based principally on his original compositions and texts.
Parallely, Fernando Fracassi plays Classical Chamber Music Flute and Piccolo recitals with different ensembles and performs various Plays (Stories with Music) in which he presents to a large audience his music and literary contents near to works of other composers or writers.
He also holds webinars and coaching of Imaginative Music and, in addition, is active in the field of Comparative Arts (especially Literarature, Philosophy and Visual Arts in combination with Music).
From 2021, Fernando Fracassi creates, records and produces podcasts in You Tube (Apple Podcast, Google podcast, Spotify, etc.), tutorials and live streaming through his second YouTube Channel, Fernando Fracassi Educational, such as he teaches online various Music subjects.
From 2022, it is active a third channel on You Tube called Fernando Fracassi Cultura. It is the equivalent in Italian language of the Fernando Fracassi Educational Channel .

Thijs van Leer (Focus) and Fernando Fracassi, Forum Berufskolleg Schloß (Paderborn, Germany, 2018)

For further information about Fernando Fracassi, visit the pages References and Testimonials of this website.


ESSENTIAL BIOGRAPHY (for managers only)

FERNANDO FRACASSI is an Italian flutist, composer, arranger, flute mentor, playwright and University teacher. Between the most representative performances as a flute and piccolo soloist he has performed at Rockefeller Center of New York, Hong Kong City Hall, Parco della Musica – Santa Cecilia Main Hall of Rome (to the presence of the President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi), Breda Golden Festival (Holland, to the presence of Her Majesty the Queen Beatrix), Sultan Qaboos Palace of Muscat (private residence, to the presence of His Majesty the Sultan Qaboos bin Said for whom he worked for four years as a Flute mentor at Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra and Muscat Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), Steinway and Sons – Rubinsteinsaal in Munich and Carl Maria von Weber Memorial House of Dresden. From 2005, he has regular collaborations with international Universities, Hochschule für Musik und Kunst and Conservatories of Music for annual Comparative Arts, Psychology of Music or Chamber Music courses such as Flute and Piccolo masterclasses. Between them: The New York University, the Southern Mississippi University, La Sapienza University of Rome, the University of South Africa (UNISA), the Daniel Barenboim – Edward Said Fondation (Ramallah, West Bank), the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences of Mönchengladbach (Germany) and others. He has been a member of the Cinecittà Movie Studios Orchestra of Rome and worked under the direction of Ennio Morricone and Riz Ortolani such as for several RAI Italian National Broadcasting productions. Fernando Fracassi composes and plays music of different genres (especially Classical, Soundtracks and World Music) on all ancient and Böhm flute families near to several ethnic flutes using live and in studio many of them chosen from sixty specimens belonging to his private collection and mostly used in combination with electronics. As a playwright, he writes stories with Music. His last theatrical show Leonardo and Music , commissioned by the Italian Consulate in Jerusalem and dedicated to the five hundred years since the death of the Florentine genius, was included among the official celebrations of the Italian Republic in 2019 and performed at Al Hakawati Theater the oldest theater of Jerusalem in the same year. In 2017, he founded his own firm Fernando Fracassi Music based in Würzburg (Germany).
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