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Frano is a thirteen year old award-winning musician who started showing his musical talent at the age of two and has been playing various instruments since the age of three. As a live-performance artist & multi-instrumentalist he plays violin, piano, and his greatest love – guitar.

At age of five Frano held his first solo classical guitar concert at the Music Academy of Zagreb. Frano has won several international competitions in music theory and classical guitar. So far he has performed more than a hundred times at various events, concerts, festivals, TV shows and radio broadcasts, and organized and participated in charity projects.

At age of eight he finished elementary & middle music school with excellent success and honors. He was probably the youngest in the world to perform Vivaldi’s Chamber Concerto in D-major RV93 at that age. Also, that was the time he performed first time with his greatest hero – Mr. Tommy Emmanuel, CGP. Their first joint performance occurred in the biggest Croatian national concert hall Vatroslav Lisinski in Zagreb (Croatia), after which they appeared in the concert hall Brucknerhaus in Linz (Austria), Teatro Rossetti in Trieste (Italy) and Philharmonie am Gasteig in Münich (Germany). Later they did more shows together and Frano as special guest joined Mr. Emmanuel German tour 2016/2017. where they toured across Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

At his 10th birthday, Frano had a huge honor to be a part of a guitar orchestra and play with the famous Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ: William Bill Kanengiser, John Dearman, Matthew Greif & Scott Tennant), performing Shingo Fujii’s “Shiki: Seasons of Japan”, in Nürtingen (Germany).

At age of ten, Frano published his first release as a solo guitarist called “It’s a Secret”, featuring his original compositions. At age of twelve, Frano already performed as an opening act for international music super-stars such as 2Cellos, John Scofield, Corrado Rustici & Zucchero and many more. As youngest member of national composer’s society, Frano won “Rudolf and Margita Matz” award for extraordinary talented young composers. One of the highest honors Frano received is playing Scotty Moore’s (Elvis Presley’s lead guitarist) guitar at the final evening concert of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society in Nashville, Tennessee, 2017.

Frano continues his education in music high school, developing as a composer and arranger while performing worldwide.

“It’s a Secret” is Frano’s first release as a solo guitarist and composer. All compositions on this album are written* and performed by Frano Zivkovic at the age of 10 (*Frano wrote all compositions till the age of 10, except “Silba” and “Frano’s Rag” which are written by Zarko Zivkovic). This release is available as physical CD, Digital download (FLAC + MP3) and Sheet music (written also by Frano, available in PDF format). By purchasing items from this release you are directly supporting Frano’s further development. Thank you!

Sheet Music:

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Frano plays La Mancha Rubi

Since he was seven years old, Frano plays small size La Mancha Rubi classical guitar.

Small body size and low action are the most important features of a perfect guitar for kids. Rubi perfectly fits Frano’s hands and body size. While its Rubi body is small and lightweight, the sound that comes out is BIG. Although the instrument itself produces an amazingly good and intense sound for such a small guitar, the integrated Shadow performer Pro pickup provides state-of-the-art sound to blow the audience, especially in the lower register where baseline is making a huge difference.

Low action is a must. Small fingers are soft and puny. High precision CNC machining gives La Mancha guitars accurate structure which allows fine customization of bridge and nut, in order to gain perfect low action while preserving a clean tone. Frano loves to play Rubi because his fingers never get painful or tired. Finally, instead being forced to tame an inappropriate instrument, Frano can devote himself to playing music.

Frano - The Beatles Medley [Live @ HC Trsat] [12yr]
Frano - House of the Rising Sun - 2Cellos Preshow Arena Pula 2.7.2017. [Live] [12yr]
Frano feat. Zvjezdan Ružić - Light [Original] [Live studio session]
Frano - Light [Original]
Frano - Sleigh Ride [ fingerstyle guitar ] [13yr]
Frano - Tico-Tico no Fubá (Zequinha de Abreu) [Live] [13yr]
Frano - Sunset (Is Her Favorite Color) [Original] [Live] [13yr]
Frano - Capricho Árabe (F. Tárrega) [Live] [12yr]
Frano plays Scotty Moore's guitar - Windy & Warm [Live] [12yr] [CAAS2017]
Tommy Emmanuel & Frano - Mr. Guitar [Live] [12yr] [CAAS 2017]
Frano & Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra - (In Memory with the) Brave Rooster [Original] [Live] [12yr]
Frano feat. Akvarel - Beatles Medley [Live] [12yr]
Frano - Waterfall [Original] [Live] [12yr]
Frano - Just An Old Fashion Love Song [Live] [12yr]
Frano - PrimerTango [Original] [Live] [12yr]
Frano - Anta Gata Doko Sa? [Original arrangement] [Live] [12yr]
Frano - One Christmas Night [Live] [12yr]
Tommy Emmanuel & Frano  - The Bug [Live] [11yr]
Frano - The Beatles Medley [Live in Zadar] [12yr]
Frano - Reason to Smile [Original] [11yr]
Tommy Emmanuel & Frano - Classical Gas [Live] [11yr]
Frano - Tango en Skaï (Roland Dyens) [Live] [11yr]
Frano - Cavatina (Stanley Myers) [Live] [11yr]
Frano - Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg) [Live] [11yr]
Frano plays Maton Mini

Since the age of eight, Frano plays Maton Mini acoustic guitar.

This small size acoustic guitar fits him perfectly, even in standing position. The standard AP4 pickup is upgraded to AP5pro, the ultimate guitar pickup in the world. Featuring piezzo and cardiodid microphone in the same system, AP5pro pickup gives Frano great tone, especially in low and mid tonal range, and helps him reduce feedback while giving audience the richest possible sound from such a small-body guitar.

With extremely low action, this guitar allows Frano to use .12 size strings, which gives him even more tone and great fun while playing fingerstyle music.

Upcoming Shows

16.05.2018 SchoolTour Rovinj, CRO MMC Rovinj / CMM Rovigno MMC Rovinj / CMM Rovigno

Past Shows

12.02.2018 SchoolTour Kostrena, CRO Elementary School - Kostrena Elementary School - Kostrena
28.11.2017 SchoolTour Buje, CRO Kino dvorana POU Buje Kino dvorana POU Buje
21.11.2017 SchoolTour Umag, CRO Kino dvorana POU Ante Babić Kino dvorana POU Ante Babić
21.11.2017 SchoolTour Buzet, CRO Kino dvorana POU Augustin Vivoda Kino dvorana POU Augustin Vivoda
08.10.2017 SchoolTour & Concerts Uppsala, SWE Uppsala Konsert & Kongress Uppsala Konsert & Kongress
23.09.2017 Opening Act // Peppino D'Agostino Tricesimo, ITA Madame Guitar Festival Madame Guitar Festival
08.09.2017 Solo concert Mannheim, GER Mannheim Congress Center Rosengarten Mannheim Congress Center Rosengarten
15.07.2017 Chet Atkins Appreciation Society - Convention Nashville, Tennesee ( USA ) Sheraton Music City Hotel Sheraton Music City Hotel
02.07.2017 Opening Act // 2Cellos Pula, CRO Arena Pula Arena Pula
30.06.2017 Solo concert Rijeka, CRO Hrvatska čitaonica Trsat Hrvatska čitaonica Trsat
20.06.2017 Guest Appearance w/ the Symphony Orchestra Dubrovnik, CRO Rector's Pallace Rector's Pallace
14.06.2017 Guest Appearance Rijeka, CRO HNK Ivana pl. Zajca HNK Ivana pl. Zajca
28.05.2017 Happy Birthday Sgt Pepper Zagreb, CRO Vatroslav Lisinski Vatroslav Lisinski
12.05.2017 Opening Act // David Bowie by Brian Rasic Baška, CRO Galerija Zvonimir Galerija Zvonimir
02.05.2017 SchoolTour Hreljin, CRO Elementary School - Hreljin Elementary School - Hreljin

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SchoolTour – it’s a cool tour!

Intended for schools, educational & cultural institutions, youth & music festivals, providing great classical and acoustic music to the youngsters.

Frano’s School Tour consists of concert shows and music workshops especially intended for the youth with the accent on education and entertainment. The main idea of the tour is to introduce classical music and to promote quality acoustic music to young generations, by one of their own: thirteen-year-old Frano.

Through the show, Frano raises the imagination of the audience and guides them through the magical world of music. His musical storytelling starts with some of the most influential classical composers such as Bach, Mozart or Vivaldi, continues to the modern music of Brouwer or York and finishes with beautiful and attractive acoustic music of Tommy Emmanuel, CGP. Frano also introduces audience to his original compositions, giving youngsters a powerful and motivating message – If you try hard, everything is possible!

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Sandra Polic Zivkovic, mag. paed.
Tel: +385.99.664.0002
Email: contact(♥)frano.tv
Addr: Praputnjak 102a, HR-51225 PRAPUTNJAK, CROATIA, EUROPE

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