Alfi Kabiljo

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Alfi Kabiljo
Alfi Kabiljo in July 2014
Alfi Kabiljo in July 2014
Background information
Birth nameAlfons Kabiljo
Born (1935-12-22) 22 December 1935 (age 85)
Zagreb, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, (now Croatia)
Occupation(s)Composer, musician

Alfons 'Alfi' Kabiljo (Croatian pronunciation: [âlfi kabǐːʎo]; born 22 December 1935 in Zagreb, Croatia) is a Croatian composer and musician. He has been composing for over 60 years.[1] During that time he has created an opus of more than 40 film and more than 100 episode soundtracks, eleven musicals, two musical films and two ballets. His musicals have been performed over 2000 times.[1][2]

He was taught music by the Croatian composer Rudolf Matz and later enrolled the Vatroslav Lisinski music school. Roger Samyn helped him brush up his composing skills.[2] Although he received a degree on the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Zagreb, Alfi Kabiljo has never made use of it.[1] He has spent most of his life in the Zagreb neighborhood of Šalata, although he stayed in Paris for a short while.[3] Kabiljo is a former president of the Croatian Composers' Society (Croatian: Hrvatsko društvo skladatelja) and a member of the FIDOF organization.[2]

Alfi wrote his first song when he was eight years old.[1]

Since then, he has written soundtracks for various films, including the 1991 film Scissors, starring Sharon Stone and Ronny Cox, and the 1986 film The Girl. He has also written soundtracks for over 100 television episodes, including the Croatian TV mini-series Ljubav ili smrt, based on a novel by Ivan Kušan, the TV series Ne daj se Floki, and series about the famous inventor Nikola Tesla.

His songs have been sung by award-winning singers such as Ivo Robić and Tereza Kesovija.[2] Kabiljo is the author of one of the greatest Croatian patriotic songs, Tvoja zemlja, which was performed by Vice Vukov.[4]

Kabiljo's best-selling and best known work is the musical Jalta, Jalta, for which he received the 2004 Porin award for the magnum opus.[2] To date, the musical has been released in audio format three times and it had its first premiere in 1971. All three releases have been sold out decades ago.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Skender, Melisa (2004-03-02). "'Jalta, Jalta' će ponovo puniti kazališta" ['Jalta, Jalta' will pack theatres again]. Nacional (in Croatian). No. 433. Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2019-09-16.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Alfi Kabiljo". Croatian Pop Music (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 2012-12-29. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  3. ^ Iličković, Mladen (2007-05-14). "KBC Šalata sustavno truje Zagrepčane". H-Alter (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 2012-12-29. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  4. ^ Ožegović, Nina (13 October 2008). "Alfi Kabiljo - kralj hrvatskog mjuzikla" [Alfi Kabiljo - King of Croatian musicals]. Nacional (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-07-22.

Further reading[edit]

  • Snješka Knežević, Aleksander Laslo (2011). Židovski Zagreb. Zagreb: AGM, Židovska općina Zagreb. ISBN 978-953-174-393-8.

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