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Filip Pavišić

Croatian National Theater Osijek-Opera director


The conductor Filip Pavišić was born in Zagreb/Croatia, where he learned to play the French horn in the music school and enjoyed his musical training in this subject, as well as in the subjects piano and music theory. Filip Pavisic studied french. Horn at the Academy of Music in Zagreb and then conducting in the class of Vjekoslava Šuteja. At the same time, he attended conducting seminars by Saša Britvića, Krešimir Šipuš, Klaus Arp and Jurij Simonov in Budapest in 2007 and 2008. After graduating from the Academy of Music in Zagreb, he completed a two-year training course with Uroš Lajovic and began his postgraduate studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. During his studies in Vienna he took part in seminars of Fabio Luisi and Sir Simon Rattle. Immediately after his studies he was engaged as a conductor at the State Opera in Osijek/Croatia, whose opera director he became in 2011 (until today). The most successful productions were above all the premiere of the opera by the composer Sanja Drakulić and the librettist 

Miro Gavran' Kraljevi i konjušari' in 2011 at the 26th Music Biennale in Zagreb. After a 31-year break, Filip Pavišić managed to put symphonic concerts back on the schedule. He is also actively committed to bringing ballet back to the stage of the Osijek theatre after 40 years. Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker' is an example, in which he collaborates with the soloists of the Ballet of the Zagreb State Theatre Edina Pličanić and Tomislav Petranović and the ballet soloists of the State Theatre Split Karpilovska and Mihai Mezei.Particularly noteworthy is the premiere of Bellini's opera 'Norma', which has never been performed in the 107-year history of the theater. For this performance, he is awarded the prize in the category for best conducting and best interpretation in the distribution of the honours of the 'Hrvatskoga Glumista'. For his interpretation and performance of the opera 'Tosca' by Puccini, he will receive the same honor in 2018.As a conductor, he has performed with the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Croatian Radio and Television Orchestra and Choir, the Orchestra of the Rijeka State Theatre, the Belgrade State Opera, the Witold Lutoslawski Philharmonic, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Liszt-Wagner Orchestra, the Cantus Ensemble, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Sarajevo Philharmonic, the Croatian Chamber Orchestra, the Varaždin Chamber Orchestra.He has performed with the Academy Choir Ivan Goran Kovačić, the Chamber Choir Ivan Filipović, the Choir and Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Zagreb. In 2011 he took part in the International Competition of Young Conductors Lovro von Matačić and placed in the final. He is a multiple scholarship holder of the Fondes Lovro and Lilly Matačić.