Fernando Fracassi (*Campobasso, Italy, 1962) is an Italian flutist, piccolo player, composer, playright, writer, Imaginative Music creator and coach, and producer.
He 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, Fernando Fracassi 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).
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 – Die Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte, 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 has performed for many years at Philharmonic and Symphonic Orchestras as 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).
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 has been performed by Fernando Fracassi at Carl Maria von Weber Museum and Summer Memorial House (Dresden, Germany, 2018), Steinway & Sons, Branch of Munich – Rubinsteinsaal – (Munich, Germany, 2018), Savoia Theater (Campobasso, Italy – Conductor: Romeo Rimbu, Oradea State Philharmonic Orchestra, 1997), National Theater (Constanța, Romania – guest conductor: Remus Georgescu, Constanța Symphonic Orchestra – 1995), Oradea´s National Theater (Oradea, Romania – guest conductor: Horst Gehann, 1991), Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (Mönchengladbach, Germany, 2017) – Live performance, 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).
Fernando Fracassi has been invited as a Flute Soloist to take part as a performer 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 collaborates 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 Ghezzu 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 has recorded different CDs and liquid music. Currently, he records his CDs, poadcast 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 works also 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).
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) – Principal Conductor: Eugeniy Chevkenov.
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 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) and exported later in Italy and Germany.
Currently, Fernando Fracassi performs live mostly Solo Recitals with Live Electronics (Electroacoustic Music, Ambient Music), World Music (in which he plays ethnic flutes in combination with live electronics), Classical Chamber Music Recitals (Böhm flutes family and recorders with the accompaniment of different music instruments) and Plays with Music in which he presents his music and texts such as works of other composers to a large audience.
He also holds conferences, workshops and coaching of Imaginative Music and is often invited to participate as a speaker and performer to Comparative Arts events (especially Literarature, Philosophy and Visual Arts).
Fernando Fracassi also creates, records and produces podcasts, tutorials and live streaming near to teach online various subjects and cooperates with different artists and intellectuals from all over the world for cultural projects, broadcasts and publications.
Last Update: September, 28th 2021
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