6th International Competition of Young Conductors Lovro von Matačić

The 6th International Competition of Young Conductors Lovro von Matačić shall take place in Zagreb, at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall from 5 – 11 October 2015.
There will be three rounds of the Competition as well as the final concert at which the results of the Competition shall be announced.

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"MATAČIĆ CAN SHOW MUSIC EMERGING FROM THE OVERALL HUMAN NATURE, VAST AND DEEP, WARM AND LIMITLESS, AND THE IMPRESSION IS SO STRONG THAT IT MAKES THE ENTIRE B"ODY AND SOUL VIBRATE TO THE VERY ROOTS.
(Philharmonic, 1967)

Conductor and composer LOVRO VON MATAČIĆ (1899 - 1985) used a single word to describe his versatile artistic personality – musician. After acquiring the knowledge he needed in Vienna, his broad spirit led him further from Zagreb, Ljubljana and Belgrade to concert and opera stages of Paris, Florence, Milan, Bayreuth, Berlin, London, Tokyo... He conducted the Philharmonic Orchestras of Berlin, Czech Republic, and Munich, recorded for labels such as Columbia and Supraphon, performed in the Bavarian State Opera, with the Dresden State Chapel, in the Operas of Chicago and Rome, in Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Musikverein in Vienna, in Museum Concerts in Frankfurt, heading the National Opera Orchestra of Monte Carlo, and many more. The list also includes the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he initiated the Presenting Young Conductors series. The musicians he collaborated with include Arthur Rubinstein, Christian Ferras i Rudolf Buchbinder, Marijana Radev, Ruža Pospiš Baldani, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Renata Tebaldi, Birgit Nilsson, Leontyne Price, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau... Apart from his favorites, Anton Bruckner and Richard Wagner, Lovro von Matačić's interests moved from Palestrina, Monteverdi and H. Purcell through Bach, Händel, Gluck, Mozart, Haydn and Beethovena to Mahler, Janáček, R. Strauss, Wagner, Verdi and others. He had been very attentive to Croatian authors, and made Croatian music a part of the global orchestral repertoire during his performances around the world. Croatian and European music will primarily remember his greatness and significance in the field of conducting, while the young artists to whom the Lovro & Lillly Matačić Foundation has given a chance to study, grow and develop, will mostly remember the maestro's human quality and selflessness, who left another piece of enduring legacy to music and the society in general through his noble gesture.

THE LOVRO & LILLY MATAČIĆ FOUNDATION
The Lovro & Lilly Matačić Foundation was founded in 1987 according to the will of both, with an aim to improve the skill of exceptionally gifted young conductors, in Croatia and abroad. The Foundation has been constituted as a non-profit association, performing its basic tasks on two levels: by providing annual grants (supports) to a certain number of candidates and protégés and by organizing annual masterclass and an outstanding international competition of young conductors every four years.
Regarding the grants, which are based on documents submitted and in compliance with decisions of the Jury of Experts, selected candidates and protégés receive financial and other support for various types of professional training and improvement, i.e. a kind of professional sponsorship that may be extended over a longer period of time. In thisregard, up until now the Foundation has encouraged and provided scholarships to a number of talented Croatian conductors, extending to them individual and depending on actual circumstances selected support in starting their careers.
Being the organizer of the Lovro von Matačić International Competition of Young Conductors, the Lovro & Lilly Matačić Foundation by initiating this care for a new generation of conductors, aims to bring the scope of a large international movement, which shall, by its reputation and influence in the contemporary world of music, add a new significance to the artist whose name it bears. The Foundation aims at the same time, along with its other documentary and promotional activities, to sustain and uphold the continuity and vitality of the spiritual heritage of its founder in the best way.