THE BEGINNING – THE FIRST ITALIAN PERIOD – CINECITTA’ MOVIE STUDIOS OF ROME
A native of Campobasso (Molise, Italy), Fernando Fracassi began his first Music studies to the age of only five years followed by his major brother, Gianfranco (Guitar) and private teachers (Organ and Theory) of his birth city. At the age of nine years old, he joined the Lorenzo Perosi Conservatory of Music situated in the same town. At the age of 13, he was awarded of the first National Price at the International Music Exhibition of Milan followed by the First Price at National Flute Competition of Terranuova Bracciolini (Arezzo) three years later. At the age of 18, he took the position of Music Teacher (Theory, Recorder, History and Aesthetics of Music) at Italian State Middle and High School of his birth town and later in Rome where he taught at the most important High Schools of the Italian capital (Mamiani, Visconti, Virgilio and Russell Lyceums, Maria Montessori High School, etc.). Fernando Fracassi has been also member of the committee for aspiring teachers of this method. At the same time, he played as Flutist and Piccolo player at the Cinecittà Movie Studios of Rome for the realization of Soundtracks under the direction of Riz Ortolani and Alessandro Bloonksteiner. In this period, Fernando Fracassi extended his experience of Flute player from Classical Music to Easy Listening, Pop, Jazz, Rock till World Music playing live for an international audience as a member of various ensembles and making performances in well-known live music places. When he was 23 years old, Fernando Fracassi graduated at the Conservatory of Music achieving his first Master Degree in Flute Music Performance and Education under the guidance of Alessio Persichilli. After the Master Degree, he began a very intense activity as a Chamber Music recitalist playing with pianists, guitar players, harpists, wind ensembles and string quartets. In the same period, he studied privately with Arrigo Tassinari, first Solo Flute at La Scala Theater of Milan with Arturo Toscanini, Conrad Klemm, Peter Lukas Graf, William Bennett and Stephen Preston. During this years, Fernando Fracassi has been also music critic for the regional magazine Molise Oggi such as a radio presenter (Tele Radio Campobasso, Canale 101, Tele Radio Democratica, etc.) enlarging his knowledge also in the fields of cultural journalism and recording studio engineering.
THE ROMANIAN PERIOD AND THE COLLABORATION WITH THE NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
At the age of 29 years old, Fernando Fracassi left Italy for six years. He embarked his orchestral career in Romanian’s major symphonic orchestras and took up the coveted position of Flutist (Co-Principal and 2nd Flute with Piccolo) at the important Oradea’s State Philharmonic Orchestra founded by August Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf and Michael Haydn, minor brother of the most famous Joseph Haydn. He played in this ensemble from 1990 to 1991 and from 1992 to 1996. Fracassi has been also Co-Principal Flutist at Târgu Mureș Philharmonic Orchestra from 1991 to 1992. He has played under the direction of the most important Romanian and Hungarian conductors of that time. We remember between them: Horia Andreescu, Ervin Acèl, Cristian Mandeal, Remus Georgescu, Miron Rațiu and Romeo Rimbu. He also collaborated with Satu Mare Philharmonic Orchestra as a Piccolo player for some symphonic productions. In 1991, after a training with the famous Romanian conductor Emil Simon, he began his career as a soloist playing the Brandenburg Concert No. 4 in G Major of J. S. Bach under the direction of the German conductor Horst Gehann. Later, Fracassi has been guest soloist at Antonio Vivaldi Festival (Bucharest) and W. A. Mozart Festival (Cluj-Napoca). In these occasions, he performed respectively the Solo Concerts No. 2 (La Notte) and No. 3 (Il Gardellino) by A.Vivaldi with the Romanian Broadcasting Chamber Orchestra and the Concert in C major for flute, harp and orchestra by W.A.Mozart together with the Hungarian harpist Nagy Emese and the conductor Aurel Niculescu (Romanian Broadcasting Orchestra) with the accompaniment of the Cluj-Napoca Philharmonic Orchestra. In this period, he made experiences also in the field of Contemporary Music working for the Department of Contemporary Music of the New York University (particularly with the composers Robert Sirota and Dinu Ghezzu) and the double bass player Peter Kinda with whom Fernando Fracassi realized several recitals in Hungary and Romania. The recording of the Second Suite for flute and jazz piano trio by Claude Bolling, made with orchestra colleagues from the Oradea’s State Philharmonic Orchestra, was recorded in this period. During the following years, Fernando Fracassi hold recitals for the Romanian Academy of Rome and has been guest speaker at various cultural events (we remember between them the book presentation of Flatus Vocis by Corrado Bologna, Director of the Philosophy Department at La Sapienza University of Rome).
THE SECOND ITALIAN PERIOD – THE ITALIAN ARMY SYMPHONIC BAND, THE EUROPEAN UNION MILITARY BAND, THE SOLO PERFORMANCE FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE ITALIAN STATE PROFESSOR CARLO AZEGLIO CIAMPI, THE GALA CONCERT FOR THE QUEEN BEATRIX OF HOLLAND AND THE AMERICAN CONCERTS TOUR FOR COLUMBUS DAY 2004 IN NEW YORK CITY
After the long work experience in Romania, Fernando Fracassi thought to come back to his native Country and continue there his career as a recitalist, orchestra player, soloist and Flute teacher. His live activity has been very intense at this time especially in the fields of Chamber Music and Easy Listening. They born the interests for Music Therapy and Elettro-Acoustic Music exactly during this years. Fernando Fracassi studied Music Therapy in active modality with the Argentinian psychiatrist Rolando Benenzon at Anni Verdi Association of Rome and he made several concerts using live electronics in combination with different flutes and piccolos.
The love for World Music and his great passion for Electronic Music prompted Fernando Fracassi to undertake a parallel activity of composer alongside that of performer. As mentioned above, he started to collect various ethnic flutes and piccolos coming from all over the world. Actually his private collection is composed by fifty-seven professional music instruments manufactured in wood, silver or gold included some ethnic flutes made especially for him by South American, Middle Eastern and Romanian craftsmen.
In 2000, Fernando Fracassi began Piccolo Soloist at the Italian Army Symphonic Band, ensemble conducted by Fulvio Creux. He cooperated as a Piccolo soloist of this ensemble with the Southern Mississippi University (Prof. Thomas Fraschillo, Prof. David Gregory, Hattiesburg, USA) for some recordings and performed, as an orchestra player, to various editions of the Spoleto Festivals (Umbria, Italy). Besides, he became Piccolo Solo at the European Union Military Band, based in Breda (The Netherlands) as an Italian representative of the Military Bands of his native Country. He played for Her Majesty the Queen Beatrix of Holland during the gala concert of the Golden (50th) Military Taptoe of Breda (2005).
In the same year, Fernando Fracassi had an intense international concerts activity as a Piccolo Soloist. He performed for the President of the Italian Republic Professor Carlo Azeglio Ciampi at the Santa Cecilia Main Hall of the new Parco della Musica Auditorium of Rome. The concert was broadcast live worldwide from RAI International, one of the Italian State broadcasts. Fernando Fracassi also made a tour of concerts in USA as a member of the Italian Army Symphonic Band and played as a soloist both at St. Feliciano Auditorium of Lodi (New Jersey) and the famous Rockefeller Center of New York City for the celebrations of the Columbus Day 2004 Edition. For this occasion, he held also a live interview for the celebrated CBS of New York City during the popular national broadcast ‘Good Morning America’.
In 2007, Fernando Fracassi achieved his second Master Degree in Classical Chamber Music Performance and Education at the Higher College of Musical Studies of Teramo (Italy) under the guidance of the pianist Luciano Cerroni. Classical Chamber Music constitutes one of the primary interests of Fernando Fracassi, near the Elettro-Acoustic Music, since that time.
SWEDEN AND MIDDLE EAST – THE EMPLOYMENT AT THE SERVICE OF HIS MAJESTY THE SULTAN QABOOS BIN SAID IN THE SULTANATE OF OMAN- THE COLLABORATION WITH PLACIDO DOMINGO (TENOR) AND WILLIAM BENNETT (FLUTIST)
After the tour in USA, Fernando Fracassi left again Italy to work in Sweden as a freelancer. Besides, he had also a collaboration with the Swedish Institute of Cultural Studies based in Rome. During this period, he studied in deep Composition and, especially, his ethnic flutes and piccolos. He increased his research in History and Aesthetics of Music such as the new techniques for flute in Contemporary Music repertoire.
In 2009, Fernando Fracassi has been invited to be Flute Teacher and Wind Ensemble Tutor at the Royal Guards of Oman Military School of Music in Muscat (Sultanate of Oman) working under His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said for four years.
Indeed, during the following years (2010-2013), he worked at the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra (ROSO) and the Muscat Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (MRPO) with the same professional roles. He had a collaboration with the English celebrated flutist William Bennett for his masterclass in the Sultanate of Oman and cooperated with the Göethe-Institut Gulf Region (Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 2009).
Besides, from one month before the official opening of the new Royal Opera House in Muscat, Fernando Fracassi collaborated with the tenor Placido Domingo to train the Flute Department for the opening gala concert conducted by Eugene Kuhn.
THE SOUTH AFRICAN PERIOD AND THE COLLABORATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA (UNISA)
When the experience in the Middle East was ended, Fernando Fracassi moved to South Africa to the city of Stellenbosch, a nice city near Cape Town famous for its wine farms. Here, he had the precious occasion to perform with various local musicians and refine his preparation in Jazz. He played with Mike Rossi, American saxophone player and Professor at the University of Music of Cape Town and collaborated with UNISA, The University of South Africa (Pretoria) taking part to a project dedicated to disadvantaged children and called Soshanguve Music Project and Orchestra. He worked under the guidance of the Dean of Music Department, Professor Arisa Vogel for this project. Near to this engagement, Fernando Fracassi made recitals in duo with the South African cello player Berthine van Schoor and the guitar player James Grace. Besides, he had also a collaboration with the Dante Alighieri Society, Branch of Cape Town. Due the difficult social situation of that time, the interest for Music Therapy for Children become very important for Fernando Fracassi who decided to dedicate part of his studies to the use of Music Therapy in preschool children.
He patented and developed than a new method called: LDM, Linguistic Development and Music for children aged from 6 months to 3 years old based on the psychology of Jean Piaget in relation to the Developmental Age.
He also founded his company Fernando Fracassi Productions Ltd. in this period. It will become Fernando Fracassi Music starting from September 2017 when the flutist decided to come back to Europe and, more exactly, to be resident in Germany.
He began the activity of playwright together with the foundation of his company. The first show Babesch was ispired to the History of Western Classical Music from J.S.Bach to F.Poulenc and is performed also today by Fernando Fracassi since its first public performance in 2013. The homonym CD contains all compositions played during the story with music and includes music by J.S.Bach, W.A.Mozart, L, v. Beethoven, F. Schubert, P. Hindemith near works of many other composers.
THE STAY IN CHINA (HONG KONG) AND THE LDM SYSTEM – LINGUISTIC DEVELOPMENT AND MUSIC (FRACASSI METHOD)
Fernando Fracassi moved to China in 2015 to experiment his new method LDM, Linguistic Development and Music at Babysteps – Focus Media Hong Kong, an organization dedicated particularly to preschool children coming from various Countries in the world.
Near the concerts, recitals and Flute teaching, Fernando Fracassi dedicated a great part of his time to apply his system of Music learning to the preexisting local educational programs. The results were surprising enough to induce Fernando Fracassi to import his method in Europe.
His memorable concert at Hong Kong City Hall as a Solo flutist with the accompaniment of the Hong Kong Symphonia Orchestra conducted by Sown Lee Choi belongs to this period.
THE FIRST GERMAN PERIOD IN MUNICH – MUSIC FOR IMAGERY AND ELETTRO-ACOUSTIC MUSIC
Fernando Fracassi arrived to Germany in autumn 2015. He lived and worked as a freelancer in Munich for two years and, near his activity of flutist and composer, he began his research and studies about Receptive Music Therapy and the application of Music in Imagery or treatment of Stress diseases. This new interest concerned principally the relation between the effect of Music on the psycho-physical body. Fernando Fracassi translates his studies in musical compositions which were written to be used for therapeutic purposes during Psychotherapy settings or in the practice of Counseling. He began a collaboration with various certified therapists elaborating his own listening program on a thematic basis to be applied during the various settings.
At the same time, his passion for Electronics, used in combination with Music, became his primary interest and Elettro-Acoustic Music represent today his first music genre performed near Classical Chamber Music and Latin Jazz as mentioned above.
In the field of Classical Chamber Music, Fernando Fracassi had recitals for the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (Mönchengladbach, 2017) and for the company Steinway & Sons, Branch of Munich (Rubinsteinsaal, 2018) such as the Carl Maria von Weber Museum and Summer Memorial House (Dresden) where he played the 6 Sonatas for violin and piano by the German composer arranged for flute and piano (pianist: Serena Chillemi) as a first public performance.
THE PALESTINIAN PERIOD AT THE DANIEL BARENBOIM – EDWARD SAID FOUNDATION IN RAMALLAH (WEST BANK) – (OCTOBER 2018 – MAY 2019)
Despite being resident in Germany, Fernando Fracassi wanted to come back to Middle East for a second experience of work at the Daniel Barenboim-Edward Said Foundation based in Ramallah and hold an annual course for young flutists. Unfortunately, he stayed and taught in this city only for eight months because the difficult social and political situation. Nonetheless, he dedicated his experience to young Palestinian flutists by also joining the project of founding a new local youth orchestra, the Filistine Youth Musician Orchestra, with which he made a tour in Turkey performing alongside his young students in major theaters of this nation. Today this new musical reality joins the pre-existing Western Eastern Diwan Orchestra which is based in Seville (Spain) and is conducted by Daniel Barenboim. It proposes itself as a dialogue structure between Arab and Jewish culture in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Although operating in difficult conditions, Fernando Fracassi continued his teaching activity through online lessons and webinars as well as created a commissioned show for the Italian Consulate in Jerusalem dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. The theatrical show, made in the form of a story in music like the previous Babesch of 2013, was included in the framework of the official celebrations of the Italian Republic dedicated to the greatest Italian genius.
TODAY IN GERMANY – FERNANDO FRACASSI MUSIC – FFM WEB RADIO – FFM WEB STORE – PAW SYSTEM, PERFORMING ARTS FOR WELLNESS
In 2018, Fernando Fracassi has been invited to hold a workshop about Music and Imagery and Stress Management at the Kairos Congress organized by the Akademie Heiligenfeld GmbH (Bad Kissingen, 2018), one of the most important specialized hospital center for the treatment of stress diseases in Germany.
During the following year, he participated to various conferences, workshops and seminars about Imaginative Psychotherapies held by very well-known experts. We count among them a workshop led by the Professor Claudio Widmann and organized by IPA, Institute of Applied Psychology of Turin (Italy).
After this experience, Fernando Fracassi elaborated a new system to manage Stress disease through Imagery and Relaxation using original Healing Music. The new system, called PAW, Performing Arts for Wellness, is actually used by certified psychotherapist and counselors during their therapies or consultations.
Actually, Fernando Fracassi lives in Germany in a nice farm completely surrounded by greenery. Here, he has the headquarters of his company Fernando Fracassi Music, a recording and rehearsal private studio (FFM Records), the headquarters of his online broadcasts FFM Web Radio and a wide multimedia and book and multimedia library where he spent part of his working time to prepare his articles, books, seminars, theatrical shows and workshops.
His work is mostly dedicated to the composition and performance of Elettro-Acoustic Music in combination with musical instruments belonging to its private collection consisting in flutes, piccolos and recorders near to the composition of Soundtracks and Music for Imagery or Relaxation and Classical Chamber Music.
He shares musical and cultural projects with similar companies or State Institutions and Foundations through his company Fernando Fracassi Music which has also an attached online shop (FFM Store). Fernando Fracassi make tours internationally for recitals, solo concerts, masterclasses or is often invited as a guest artist to festivals or cultural events included Comparative Arts projects and Psychology workshops.
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