Lovro & Lilly Matačić Foundation

About us

Lovro von Matačić (1899 - 1985) used a single word to describe his versatile artistic personality – musician. After acquiring the knowledge he needed in Vienna, his broad spirit led him further from Zagreb, Ljubljana, and Belgrade to the concert and opera stages of Paris, Florence, Milan, Bayreuth, Berlin, London, Tokyo... He conducted the Philharmonic Orchestras of Berlin, Czech Republic, and Munich, recorded for labels such as Columbia and Supraphon, performed in the Bavarian State Opera, with the Dresden State Chapel, in the Operas of Chicago and Rome, in Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Musikverein in Vienna, in Museum Concerts in Frankfurt, heading the National Opera Orchestra of Monte Carlo, and many more. The list also includes the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he initiated the Presenting Young Conductors series. Apart from his favorites, Anton Bruckner and Richard Wagner, Lovro Matačić’s interests included a huge repertoire, along with Croatian music that he made part of the global orchestral repertoire. Croatian and European music will primarily remember his greatness and significance in the field of conducting, while the young artists will learn about maestro’s legacy and human quality mostly through the work of the Lovro and Lilly Matačić Foundation. According to the will of both, Lovro Matačić and his wife Lilly, the Foundation was founded in 1987 with the main purpose to help and support gifted young conductors, in Croatia and abroad. As a non-profit association, the Foundation aims to cultivate the memory of Lovro Matačić through a broad range of activities: along with publishing, organizing concerts, cultural events, lectures, masterclasses, and seminars, it hosts the international competition of young conductors every four years (since 1995) as an event of global significance worthy of the artist whose name it shares, enabling young generations of musicians to participate in the international conducting scene.