ISFMF’s Crystal Pine Award for Lifetime Achievement this year goes to Alfi Kabiljo.
Alfi Kabiljo (Zagreb, 1935), composer, conductor, arranger, piano player, lyrics and libretto writer and producer. He attended the private music school of Croatian composer and music educationalist Rudolf Matz, and then graduated from the Vatroslav Lisinski Music School in Zagreb. He did further studies in composition in Paris. He is a graduate architect.
Possessed of an international reputation, he is a composer with a very wide range – he writes music for the theatre, film, and television, pop and chansons, as well as orchestral, chamber and solo works. He has recorded film and discographic projects in Barcelona, Vienna, London (Pinewood and Twickenham), Los Angeles (Hollywood), Ljubljana, Madrid, Paris, Tokyo and most of all in Zagreb.
He has written the music for about 80 feature films and over a hundred television episodes. He has written numerous popular songs and chansons, which have been recorded worldwide, and has taken part in and won prizes at numerous popular music festivals, at home and abroad (including Zagreb, Split, Opatija and Krapina; Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Malta, Seoul, Palma de Mallorca, Cairo, Alexandria, Athens, Caracas, Mexico City, Curaçao etc.).
His musicals are the most-performed in Croatia (Yalta Yalta has been performed about a thousand times) and for this reason the press has dubbed him “The King of the Croatian musical”. His comic opera “Casanova in Istria” first performed on 2.10.2009 by the Rijeka opera house was a great success.
Special thanks to Miss Ana Budimir and Plava Laguna hotels & resort for for hosting our awarding and filming day.