Concert dedicated to Aldo Belli.
Franko Božac is one of the international artists of the global non-profit organization for music, culture and cultural diplomacy (EMMA for Peace), under the patronage of UNESCO and with Riccardo Muti as its honorary president.
Franko is included in the Hübners encyclopedia "Who is Who" 2012, a guide of significant people in the fields of economics, politics, science, culture, art and sport. In 2017 he was appointed Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Royal Academy of Music Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Kaliningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Österreichische Symphoniker, South Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Arad State Symphony Orchestra, Winter Green Orchestra, Zagreb Festival Orchestra, Croatian Philharmonic Orchestra, Oregon Music Festival Orchestra, and Lugansk Philharmonic.
He has also performed as a member of the London Sinfonietta, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble 10/10, Manchester University Symphony Orchestra, Estonian Sinfonietta and the Croatian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra His performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Scotland, RAI 3, ORF radio OEI, LRT (Lithuanian National Radio), Radio Beograd 3 and others.
His engagements have taken him throughout Europe, North America and the Far East and he has appeared in venues such as the Smetana Hall in Prague, the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. He has collaborated with eminent artists such as JC Domenech, G. Benjamin, G. Carpenter, S. Hauser, D. Ashkenazy, M. Tarbuk, E. Sakpinar, among others.
He has recorded Charles Camilleri's Concerto for Accordion and String Ensemble for Naxos Records and Beth Mehocic's Double Concerto for Accordion, Bandoneon, Piano and Orchestra for Navona Records. He studied in Croatia and in the UK at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He currently teaches at the Academy of Music, Juraj Dobrila University in Pula, Croatia.
Lucio Degani began studying the violin at the age of 12, graduating with honors from the "L. Cherubini" Conservatory in Florence under the guidance of M° Renato Zanettovich, and then attending chamber music and quartet courses held by the masters Zanettovich, De Rosa and Farulli at the Music School of Fiesole. Awarded in various national and international competitions, he has undertaken an intense concert activity in Italy and abroad both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles collaborating with renowned musicians among them, Kostantin Bogino, Patrick Demenga ,Vladimir Mendelsshon. He has recently played as violinist and soloist with various symphony orchestras including the Italian Youth Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, the Orchestra of the Verdi Theater of Trieste, the Ljubljana Radio Orchestra, the OSCA of Assuncion (Paraguay) the Havana Symphony Orchestra etc., under the direction of illustrious conductors, such as Bertini, Maazel, Maag, Muti, Renzetti, Sinopoli, Thielemann, Rostropovich, etc. From 1986 to today he has performed as soloist and first part in the most important theaters and concert halls in the world (Lincoln Center in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Musikverein in Vienna, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Schauspielhaus in Berlin, La Scala in Milan, the Opéra and Salle Pleyel in Paris, the hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, etc.) He has recorded as a soloist for Erato, RCA Victor, Philips, Rivoalto, Warner Fonit, Real Soun and Bongiovanni which he recently published one of his CDs dedicated to American music reviewed in the transcriptions of Jascha Heifetz He has also made many television and radio recordings for the BBC, RAI, RAI TRADE, ORF, Radio France. Etc. He is a violin teacher at the Tomadini Conservatory of Music in Udine and plays a 1734 Don Niccolò Amati violin.