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 coach and producer.
He is currently a Specialist Music Consultant at King Abdullah University (KAUST) based in Thuwal (Saudi Arabia).

MUSICAL EXPERTISE

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

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

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

Conrad Klemm (Böhm Flute, 1983)
William Bennett (Böhm Flute, 1987)
Arrigo Tassinari (Böhm Flute, private home teaching from 1983 to 1985)
Stephen Preston (ancient flutes and recorders, 1983)
Berthold Kuijken (ancient flutes and recorders, 2000)
Emil Simon (flute soloist training, conducting, private home teaching from 1991 to 1996)

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, 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 His Majesty the Sultan Qaboos bin Said
private Sultan Qaboos´residence in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 2011

Gala Concert at the presence of Her Majesty 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
guest conductor: Aurel Niculescu, Nagy Emese (harp) (Târgu Mureș, Romania, 1991)

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

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

Fernando Fracassi works in the fields of Theater with a particular and passionate interest for writing monologues with music near to different concert-lessons for international cultural Institutions. His shows are often commissioned by Italian and foreigner Institutes of Culture, Universities, Academies and foundation 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).
This show has been included in the official celebrations of the Italian Republic for the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci (MAE bulletin, 2020)

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

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)

ORCHESTRA AND SYMPHONIC BANDS POSITIONS

Piccolo Soloist at European Union Military Band
Gala concert to the presence of Her Majesty the Queen Beatrix of Holland
Golden 50th Military Taptoe
Breda, the Netherlands, 2005

Principal Piccolo Soloist at Italian Army Symphonic Band
conductor: Fulvio Creux
Rome, Italy, from 2000 to 2007

Principal Flutist at Molise Symphony Orchestra 
conductor: Franz Albanese
Campobasso, from 1997 to 2000

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
Principal conductor: Dorin Frandes
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
Conductor: Enrico De Mori (Principal conductor at La Fenice Theater, Venice, Italy)
Livorno, Italy, 1983

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
Collaboration for CDs and live concerts with Prof. David Gregory, Prof. Thomas Fraschillo, Prof. Luigi Zaninelli from 2000 to 2007
Hattiesburg, Southern Mississippi, USA and Rome, Italy
see references

the New York University, NYU, Department of Contemporary Music (New York City, 1993)
co-working with Prof. Robert Sirota and Prof. Dinu Ghezzo for Contemporary Electro- acoustic Music 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
see references

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

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

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

PUBLICATIONS (CDs, DVD, BLU RAY, BOOKS AND SCORES)

Fernando Fracassi has recorded different Lp, CDs and liquid music album for:
Electrecord, Bucarest, Romania
Olympia, London, UK
Scomegna, Turin, Italy
Fernando Fracassi Productions, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Fernando Fracassi Music, Würzburg, Germany.

Currently, he records his CDs, poadcasts and videos at his private recording studio.
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) – purchase it at our store

Lebensmelodien (Melodies of Life) –
Fernando Fracassi: flutes and electronics, Saida Khalilova: piano
Fernando Fracassi Music, Copyright © 2021 (GEMA, Munich, Germany)
purchase it at our store

Babesch – The History of Western Classical Music – Anthology – Angela Picco: piano – Fernando Fracassi Productions, Copyright © 2013 (SIAE, Rome, Italy)
purchase it at our store

Gaetano Labanchi: Gran Terzetto di Concerto for solo 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) – Presenter: Claudio Lippi
Second Price (first prize not assigned) at National Flute Competition of Terranuova Bracciolini (Arezzo, Italy, 1984)
Second price at National Competition for young flutists of Latina (Rome, Italy, 1983)

MEMBERSHIP (AUTHORS AND EDITORS SOCIETIES)

Qualifications: Composer, Arranger, Playwright, Writer 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)

TEACHING AND ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Specialist Music Consultant at King Abdullah University, KAUST (currently)
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

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)

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)

Music Teacher for the Ministry of Education of the Italian State – Lazio and Molise regions – (Rome, 1982 – L´aquila, 2003)

IMAGINATIVE MUSIC (PRINCIPAL COLLABORATIONS AS A COACH AND WORKSHOPS)

Imago Institute
Institute of Psychology, Prof. Dr. Gina Kästele, Munich, Germany, 2015)
Workshop as a Fellow Practitioner at AMI, Association for Music and Imagery,
North Ridgeville, USA (Theory of Music in application to Music Therapy)

Akademie Heiligenfeld GmbH
Complex of medical clinics for the treatment of stress diseases, Bad Kissingen, Germany – Workshop (Alexander Technique, Musica and Imagery and Stanislawsky Method for Actors in combination with Music)

Primo Volo Association
(Private association of psychologists, Dr. Angela Piscolla, ASL Campobasso, Italy, 2018) – Workshop (Alexander Technique, Musica and Imagery and Stanislawsky Method for Actors in combination with Music)

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 as second language)
Patented by Fernando Fracassi and performed at Babysteps/Focus Media
Hong Kong, China, 2015

LIVE PERFORMANCES PROPOSALS (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
Music instruments: recorders, ancient flutes, Böhm, electric flutes and piccolos in combination with live electronics, sound effects and synthetized voices
Repertoire: original compositions and arrangements from works by various composers
Music genres: Ambient, Electroacoustic, Easy Listenings, Progressive Electronic, Soundtracks and World Music

Solo Flutes / Classical Chamber Music Recital
Solo flutes: Classical repertoire, unplugged or amplified Contemporary Classical Music compositions
Classical Chamber Music: Flutes and Piccolo recitals in ensemble with various music groups (piano, harpsychord, guitar, harp, wind or string quartet)

Flute and Chamber or Symphonic Orchestra (Classical repertoire)

COMPARATIVE ARTS – PRINCIPAL COLLABORATIONS AND WORKSHOPS

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 –
FERNANDO FRACASSI´S YOU TUBE CHANNELS

Near his principal You Tube Channel Fernando Fracassi, he publish periodically podcasts, videos and tutorials on YouTube (by his channel: Fernando Fracassi Educational).
He also holds live events online (live streaming cultural or musical events) on the same plattform such as on Fernando Fracassi Music Facebook page.

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

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

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