Maestro Cencic
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Maksimilijan Cencic Born 1951 in Rogaška Slatina, Slovenia (then Yugoslavia), Maksimilijan Cenčić has served as the Artistic Director and Conductor of Operatic Studies at Prayner Konservatorium für Musik und Darstellender Kunst since 1998.  From 1991-2014, he was a conductor at the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna National Opera House).  Father of the internationally renowned counter tenor Max Emanuel Cenćič and jazz performer Lana Cenčić, Maksimilijan earned his degrees from the Klassisches Gymnasium (1970) and the Akademie für Music (1976) in Zagreb, Croatia. In his youth, he attended various summer masterclasses with such masters as Kurt Masur (Weimar), Igor Markewich (Weimar), Carlo Sezzhi (Venice), Piere Dervaux (Nice), and others.  From 1976-78 he was an assistant to Waclav Neumann of the Czech Philharmonic of Prague and from 1981-83 to Lovro von Mataćić during his international tours. 1976 saw his debut at the Croatian National Opera of Zagreb (Madama Butterfly) where he was then engaged from 1978-91. Maksimilijan’s repertoire encompases a vast range of musical styles, from symphonic music to opera, operetta and more. In addition to his experience as a conductor at opera houses, festivals, etc, he is also a piano accompanist, a singer (Wiener Tschuschen Acapella Quartet), a music arranger and the leader of various master classes.