Croatian/American conductor Zvonimir Hačko became Artistic Director of Oregon Music Festival in 2014 joining a distinguished list of artists now serving on OMF’s Artistic Collegium. A conductor with a thriving international career, Hačko has held various Music Directorships with orchestras in Europe and the United States. He currently divides his time between projects and guest conducting appearances with ensembles in USA, Europe, South America and Asia.
Born and raised in former Yugoslavia, he came to the United States to complete advanced degrees in conducting at the University of Washington and Indiana University (Bloomington). Since the late 1980’s he has maintained an active international conducting schedule leading such orchestras as Haifa Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of Brazilian National Theater, Tbilisi Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of Serbian Radio-Television, Istanbul Chamber Orchestra, State of Mexico Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of Croatian Radio-Television, Poznan Philharmonic (Poland), Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana (Italy), Sacramento Philharmonic, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, and many others. His multicultural background and experience have contributed to his in-depth knowledge of the European classical tradition and a keen interest in contemporary music.
Hačko’s current recording projects include a Bohuslav Martinů series with Budapest Symphony Orchestra (on Naxos label), an all-Italian CD with Roma Sinfonietta, a recording of contemporary Polish works with London Sinfonietta, and a CD of Respighi’s tone poems with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Future concert engagements include performances with St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra, Romanian State Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Roma Sinfonietta, Portland Symphonic Choir & Orchestra, opera performances at the Teatro della Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini (Italy) and, locally in the US, concerts with Oregon Festival Orchestra and Pearl Chamber Orchestra.