Alfi Kabiljo was born in Zagreb in 1935. He is a 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 haus was a great success.
The Big Race, Jalta Jalta, Shaggy Life, The Butterfly Boy, Emperor Franz Joseph in Zagreb, The King Is Naked (Porin winner), librettos by Milan Grgic, The Red Island (Bulgakov-Kljakovic-Grgic), The Marryage License (Kishon¬-Kušan), Who Sings Makes No Harm (Britvic), Krapci (Kaštelan), Madame Hamlet (Kabiljo-Maras).
Dramoletto After Ciribili, The Family Tree (Grgic).
Musicals for children:
Praise the Sea, But Stick to the Shore (Bjažic), The White Adventure (Simonelli), Tales of Anderson (Hitrec).
Scissors (with Sharon Stone), Sky Bandits, Fear, Gymkata, The Girl, Get It Man, The Peasant Uprising, Deps, The Journalist, Miss, The Fall of Italy, The Occupation in 26 Scenes, Convicted, Don’t give In, Floki, Lea and Daria (Porin winner), and others.
MUSIC FOR TV SERIES:
Nikola Tesla, Cat Under The Helm, Scenes From Family Life and others.
Kentaur XII (Porin winner), Pandora’s Box.
Casanova in Istria, comic opera
SOLO AND CHAMBER MUSIC:
Silvery for flute - Pastorale for alto flute - Rumbiolo for piccolo, Larghetto and Allegro for flute and piano, Travelling Flute - Suite No. 1 for flute and piano, Three Clownesques for flute and tuba, Gitarina Dalmatina - Suite for guitar, Enchanted Piano (album), Sonatina for Piano, Suite for Piano from the opera "Casanova in Istria", Party - Suite for Two Pianos, Rabelais Tripartus - Three songs for bass-ba¬ri¬tone and piano, Intervals Notice-Board for Tuba-Euphonium Quartete, Fiddler On The Street - Suite for Solo Violin, Liburnien Trio for flute, violoncello and piano, Late morning for French Horn and Piano, Two Chagallesques for Violin and Piano, Three Sephardesques for Violin and Piano, The Parks for Flute Quartet, The Parks for 10 Flutes, Anunnaki - Suite for 10 Flutes, etc.
Concerto in Re for Tuba and String orchestra, Concerto for flute and Symphonic orchestra, Water and Fire for G F Haendel - symphonic homage, Suite No. 1 and No. 2 from ballet "Kentaur XII", Suite from the opera "Casanova in Istria", Symphonic suite from the movie "Sky Bandits", Symphonic suite from movie "Scissors", Symphonic suite from movie "Gymkata", Symphonic suite from his Croatian movies and TV series, Symphonic suite "Nikola Tesla".
Your Land, Let the Ships Go, The World is Big, There’s an End to Everything, Sooner or Later, I Want a Little Tenderness and Love, Kiss Me Good Journey, A Day to Remember, You Decide, Don’t Weep, Mother and so on.
Parks, Old Watercolour, Get It Old Chap, On the Square in front of the Clock, C’est la vie and others.
He transcribed Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition for string ensemble (published by Doblinger, Vienna) and the piano album Young Leaves (Mlado lišce) of B. Kunc.
At a number of winter Olympics, some of the best-known world skaters have performed to his music.
He has won numerous prizes and awards (the Ivan Zajc Prize, the Josip Slavenski, two Pula Arenas, a City of Zagreb Charter, a Milivoj Koerbler Prize, a Lifetime Achievement Porin, a Status, the Kairos, a Boris Papandopulo so on).
He is a past president of the Croatian Composers’ Association and is a member of the international organisation FIDOF.