Biography

Franjo Bilić (Zagreb, Croatia, 1994) started his music education as a soloist (boyish soprano) of choirs Krijesnice and Zagreb boys choir performing all over Croatia and in Wisconsin (USA). Furthermore, he completed the Classic Gymnasium in Zagreb and the piano at the Music School Pavao Markovac in the class of professor Jelica Kuzmin. He appeared as soloist, chamber musician, as soloist with the orchestra and as harpsichordist in the orchestra of an attendee of the International summer school of baroque music and dance Aestas musica in Varaždin.

His first professional experience and the main influence were with the Croatian baroque ensemble with the concertmaster Laura Vadjon (violin). Besides, he collaborated with more ensembles and orchestras such as Croatian baroque ensemble, Zagreb soloists, vocal ensemble Antiphonus,  Zagreb Philharmonic orchestra, Symphonic orchestra of Croatian Radio Television, Dubrovnik symphonic orchestraZagreb chamber orchestra, Zagreb youth orchestra, Sweelinck baroque orchestra and with famous musicians such as Adrian Butterfield (UK), Kimiko Nakazawa (Japan), Maxim Fedotov and Dmitry Sinkovsky (Russia). He performed all over Croatia, in the Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. On state competitions of pupils and students of music in Croatia, he achieved the eight first, three second and two third awards in the period from 2007 to 2013, in disciplines piano, chamber music, and solfeggio. In the competition „Pianoforte“ in Poreč, except the first prize in the category, he received a specific prize for the best performance of the work by J. S. Bach.

As a harpsichordist, he won the first prize of the 12th International competition „Ferdo Livadić“ in Croatia, being in mixed instruments category with violin, cello, piano etc. Moreover, in 2017, he won the prestigious competition Tribina Darko Lukić for young musicians, also in the mixed category. In 2018 he won the Second prize of the PRIX ANNELIE DE MAN in Amsterdam. He often performs contemporary music for harpsichord, having commissioned three newly written pieces, and made four world premiers. In the year 2018, he got the prize by Jeunesses Musicales – “Ivo Vuljević” and the title The best young musician of the year. In 2019 he won the 1st prize and special prize for the contemporary piece at WANDA LANDOWSKA harpsichord competition in Bari (Italy). He is giving lectures and masterclasses in the field of early music.

As a conductor, he conducted Agrippina, opera by G. F. Handel as maestro al cembalo in the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. Also, he attended numerous master classes of eminent professors from Croatia and abroad in the fields: harpsichord (Christophe Rousset, Skip Sempe, Ketil Haugsand, Richard Egarr, Laurence Cummings, Aapo Hakkinen, Jacques Ogg, Anne-Marie Dragosits), piano, piano accompaniment of singers, baroque music, baroque dance, organ improvisation, organ and harmonium d’art, conducting (Uroš Lajovic, David Danzmayr, Daniele Gatti).

He graduated harpsichord magna cum laude in the class of Pavao Mašić at the Music Academy in Zagreb. He has studied with a former student of Gustav Leonhardt – Menno van Delft at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Presently, he studies Conducting studies at the Music Academy in Zagreb. In his free time, he composes music.