Biography

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

FERNANDO FRACASSI

GENERAL PROFILE

Fernando Fracassi is an Italian professional performer, composer and arranger.
In addition, he is also a playwright, writer, mentor, content creator, Imaginative Music creator and practitioner and producer

Music Genres: Ambient, Classical, Crossover, Electroacoustic, Imaginative, 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

EDUCATION

Masters Degree in Music Performance and Education – Specialization in Flute (Lorenzo Perosi Conservatory of Music of the Italian State, Campobasso, Italy, 1983, Mentor: Prof. Alessio Persichilli)

Master Degree in Music Performance and Education – Specialization in Chamber Music (Gaetano Braga Higher College of Musical Studies, Teramo, Italy, 2007 – Mentor: Prof. Luciano Cerroni).

POST-GRADUATE MASTERCLASSES AND COURSES

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)
Emil Simon (flute soloist training, conducting)

Fernando Fracassi and William Bennett at the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra (Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 2010)

MUSIC THERAPY WORKSHOPS AND COURSES

Rolando Benenzon (Active Music Therapy, Anni Verdi Association, Rome, Italy (1999)
Claudio Widmann (Imaginative Psychology)(IPA, Institute of Applied Psychology of Turin, Italy, 2020).

OUTSTANDING LIVE PERFORMANCES

Performance as Piccolo 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),

Private Concert as Solo Flutist for the Sultan Qaboos bin Said (at his residence in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman)

Gala Concert for the Queen Beatrix of Holland (Military Golden Taptoo, Breda, The Netherlands, 2005).

Solo Concert at Hong Kong City Hall – Conductor: Sown Lee Choi – Symphonia Orchestra – (Hong Kong, China, 2015),

Piccolo 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),

Piccolo Solo concert at San Feliciano Auditorium (Lodi, New Jersey, USA, 2004) – Conductor: Fulvio Creux – Italian Army Symphonic Band.

PRINCIPAL CONCERTS AND RECITALS

Carl Maria von Weber Museum and Summer Memorial House (pianist: Serena Chillemi – Dresden, Germany, 2018)

Steinway & Sons, Munich Branch – Rubinsteinsaal, (pianist: Serena Chillemi – Munich, Germany, 2018)

Savoia Municipal Theater (Conductor: Romeo Rimbu, Oradea State Philharmonic Orchestra, Campobasso, Italy – 1997)

Constanța 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 (photos below) as a trainer of the wind section of the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra (ROSO)(Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 2010)

Fernando Fracassi and Placido Domingo at the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra (Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 2011)
Eugene Kuhn and Fernando Fracassi at the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra (Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 2011)

PRINCIPAL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Hariprasad Chaurasia and Fernando Fracassi at Hong Kong City Hall (2015)

Spoleto Festival (Spoleto, Italy, 2002) – Concert with the participation of Luciano Pavarotti

Mozart Anniversary (Târgu Mureș, Romania, 1991) – guest conductor: Aurel Niculescu, Nagy Emese,

Vivaldi Anniversary (Bucharest, Romania, 1991) – Italian Institute of Culture in Romania – guest conductor: Alexandru Moroșanu)

THEATER (PLAYS, CONCERT-LESSONS AND MONOLOGUES WITH MUSIC)

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

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 – Monologue with Music ´Leonardo and Music´, Jerusalem, West Bank, 2019

ORCHESTRA AND SYMPHONIC BANDS POSITIONS

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 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 Orchestra (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)

PRINCIPAL COLLABORATIONS WITH STATE AND PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD (WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES, SEMINARS AND ANNUAL COURSES)

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 200

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

Oradea´s State University – Faculty of Arts – Music Department – Workshop of Comparative Arts and Flute Masterclass (Oradea, Romania, 2022) – Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Ariadna Zenaida Mircescu, Head of Music Department

Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (Mönchengladbach, Germany, 2017)

UNISA – University of South Africa -workshop as a conductor for a social project for disadvantaged children called Soshanguve Music Project and Orchestra (Pretoria, South Africa, 2013) – (Coordinator: Arisa Vogel, Head of Music Department)

Fernando Fracassi at the Soshanguve Music Project and Orchestra – Soshanguve (Republic of South Africa, 2014)

CDs, DVD, BLU RAY, BOOKS AND SCORES

Fernando Fracassi has recorded different Lp (Electrecord, Bucarest, Romania – Olympia, London, UK), CDs (Scomegna, Turin, Italy, Fernando Fracassi Productions) and liquid music (Fernando Fracassi Music). Currently, he records his CDs, poadcasts and videos at his private recording studio based in Würzburg, Germany. Between his works we list:

Napoli Two Ways (Napoli andata e ritorno, the great classics of Neapolitan Song) – Fernando Fracassi (Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute and virtual music instruments) – Fernando Fracassi Music © 2022 (GEMA, Munich, Germany)

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)

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 for the album `Babesch´(Campobasso, Italy, 2013)

PRIZES

First Price at the International Music Exhibition of Milan (Italy, 1975)
Second Price at National Flute Competition of Terranuova Bracciolini (Arezzo, Italy, 1984). 

MEMBERSHIP (AUTHORS AND EDITORS SOCIETIES)

Qualifications: Composer, Arranger, Playwright, Author and Editor

SIAE – Italian Society of Authors and Editors, Rome, Italy from 1985 to 2017
GEMA – German Society for Authors and Editors, Munich, Germany from 2017 to today

JOURNALISM

Music critic for the Italian magazine Molise Oggi, Campobasso, Italy, 1987

EDUCATION

The activity as a teacher and mentor of Fernando Fracassi started in 1981 and is still today very intense.

Music Teacher for the Ministry of Education of the Italian State – Lazio and Molise regions – (1982-2003).

Flute Teacher and Wind Ensemble Tutor at The Royal Muscat Philharmonic Orchestra (RMPO), under His Majesty the Sultan Qaboos bin Said (Muscat. from 2011 to 2013) –

Flute Teacher and Wind Ensemble Tutor at The Royal Oman Symphonic Orchestra (ROSO), under His Majesty the Sultan Qaboos bin Said) (Muscat, from 2010 to 2013)

Flute Teacher at 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 at the Daniel Barenboim-Edward Said Foundation (Ramallah, West Bank, 2018-2019) 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)

IMAGINATIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND MUSIC

Imago Institute of Munich (Prof. Dr. Gina Kästele, Germany, 2015)

Akademie Heiligenfeld GmbH (Bad Kissingen, Germany), workshop

Primo Volo Association (Campobasso, Italy, 2018)

MUSIC PEDAGOGY

Creator and Practitioner of LDM, Linguistic Development and Music, Fracassi method for preschool children aged 6 months to 3 years based on the simultaneous learning of Music and English – Performed at Babysteps/Focus Media (Hong Kong, China, 2015).

LIVE PERFORMANCES (SOLO RECITALS, CHAMBER MUSIC AND SOLO CONCERT WITH ORCHESTRA ACCOMPANIMENT)

Fernando Fracassi – Chamber Music recital at C.M.von Weber Museum and Memorial House (Dresden)

Solo Flutes Recital (recorders, ancient flutes, Böhm, electric flutes and piccolos) in combination with Live Electronics, sound effects and synthesized voices.
Repertoire (original compositions and arrangements): Electroacoustic, Progressive Electronic, Easy Listenings, Soundtracks, Ambient, World Music

Solo Flutes Recital (Classical repertoire, unplugged)

Classical Chamber Music Flutes and Piccolo recitals with different ensembles (piano, harpsychord, guitar, harp and string quartet)

COMPARATIVE ARTS

Literarature, Philosophy and Visual Arts in combination with Music

Last collaboration: Oradea´s State University – Faculty of Arts – Music Department – Workshop of Comparative Arts and Flute Masterclass (Oradea, Romania, 2022) – Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Ariadna Zenaida Mircescu, Head of Music Department

PODCASTS, TUTORIALS AND LIVE STREAMING

Near his principal You Tube Channel Fernando Fracassi, he publish regularly podcasts, tutorials and videos on YouTube (by his channel: Fernando Fracassi Educational) and holds live events online (live streaming) on the same broadcast.

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


Thijs van Leer (Focus the Band) and Fernando Fracassi (Germany, 2019)

ESSENTIAL BIOGRAPHY (for managers only)

FERNANDO FRACASSI is an Italian flutist, composer, arranger, playwright, writer, content creator, Imaginative Music creator and practitioner, University teacher and producer. 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), the Oradea´s State University, Faculty of Arts (Oradea, Romania) and others. He has been a member of the Cinecittà Movie Studios Orchestra of Rome and played 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 recorders and 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).
Official website: fernandofracassi.com

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