Welcome to Frano’s page!

Frano is a fourteen 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 three 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 many 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. So far Frano already played with, toured or being opening act for international music super-stars such as 2Cellos, Al di Meola, Tommy Emmanuel, John Scofield, Kaki King, 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 original “Yellow Mouse” guitar given to him by Tommy Emmanuel CGP during Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, 2018. Year before Frano played Scotty Moore’s (Elvis Presley’s lead guitarist) guitar at the convention’s final evening concert.

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 - How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees)
Frano - Light [Original] [Live]
Frano - 3rd mvt. Concert for guitar and orchestra [Original] [Live]
Frano - Vals No. 3 (Agustín Barrios Mangoré)
Frano - Jingle Bell Rock [fingerstyle guitar]
Frano - I Know Why [Original] [Live]
Frano - Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen) [Live]
Frano - Pink Panther Theme (Henry Mancini) [Live]
Frano - The Man With No Name [Original]
Frano - Biskie (Tommy Emmanuel)
Frano - Classical Gas (Mason Williams arr. Tommy Emmanuel) [Mannheim Guitar Summit 2017] [13yr]
Frano - Music Highway [Original] [13yr]
Frano - Crosstown Traffic 50th Anniversary (Jimi Hendrix) [Live] [13yr]
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] [13yr]
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 plays Maton

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.

At age of 13, Frano got his first full-size Maton – Yellow Mouse – given to him by Tommy Emmanuel CGP during Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention in July 2018.

Upcoming Shows

31.03.2019 Solo concert Larvik, NOR Kulturhuset Bølgen Kulturhuset Bølgen

Past Shows

30.11.2018 Opening Act // Al Di Meola Kusel, GER Fritz-Wunderlich-Halle Fritz-Wunderlich-Halle
29.11.2018 Opening Act // Al Di Meola Koblenz (Neuwied), GER Stadthalle Heimathaus Stadthalle Heimathaus
28.11.2018 Opening Act // Al Di Meola Konstanz, GER Bodenseeforum Bodenseeforum
14.10.2018 Opening Act // Magic Musical Pibrac (Toulouse), FRA Theatre Musical de Pibrac Theatre Musical de Pibrac
12.10.2018 SchoolTour Pibrac (Toulouse), FRA Theatre Musical de Pibrac Theatre Musical de Pibrac
05.10.2018 Frano, Mia & Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra Dubrovnik, CRO Rector's Palace Rector's Palace
18.09.2018 SchoolTour Pula, CRO Cinema Valli Cinema Valli
31.08.2018 Guest appearance Rijeka, CRO Trsat Fortress Trsat Fortress
15.07.2018 Chet Atkins Appreciation Society - Convention Nashville, Tennesee ( USA ) Sheraton Music City Hotel Sheraton Music City Hotel
30.06.2018 Solo concert Postira, CRO
25.06.2018 Solo concert Podgora, CRO
21.06.2018 Solo concert Našice, CRO
27.05.2018 Opening Act // Al Di Meola Heidelberg, GER Stadthalle Großer Saal Stadthalle Großer Saal
26.05.2018 Opening Act // Al Di Meola Saarlouis, GER Theater am Ring Theater am Ring
16.05.2018 SchoolTour Rovinj, CRO MMC Rovinj / CMM Rovigno MMC Rovinj / CMM Rovigno

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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: fourteen-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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For booking or any other information, feel free to get in touch!

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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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