• Giorgios Kontogiannis
  • Giorgios Kontogiannis
  • Giorgios Kontogiannis
  • Giorgios Kontogiannis

Marko First

Marko First was born on June 15th 1984 in Zagreb, Croatia. He gained his first musical education in Music School "Blagoje Bersa" in Zagreb, taking the violin course, from 1990 to 1999. Soon after he became a member of Zagreb Folkdance Ensemble "dr. Ivan Ivančan". He`s been attending Croatian School of Folklore for many years where he learned to play tamburitzas and different traditional croatian instruments. He graduated from college (Studia Croatica at the University of Zagreb) in 2010, courses philosophy and sociology, with the final paper on the subject "Philosophy of Music: Meaning, Expression and Understanding". During his musical education Marko First also attended jazz workshop in Grožnjan (2011) as well as numerous other workshops.

In 2006 he became the artistic director of the Zagreb Folkdance Ensemble orchestra. He colaborated and colaborates with bands, ansambles and musicians such as Massimo Savić, Cinkuši, Miroslav Škoro, Valungari, Jaques Houdek, Adastra, Picksiebner, Croatian Bagpipe Orchestra, Kvartet Gubec, Drugi način, Damjans (Giipuja), Oridano gipsy jazz band, Elma Burnić, Damjan Krajačić, &M Dance Company etc. During the 2010 and 2011 he performed as a soloist with the 100 Tamburitzas orchestra in Budapest and Zagreb, and also from 2009 to 2011 as a soloist with the Russian National Orchestra of Traditional Instruments "Ossipov", having concerts in Strassbourg, Paris, Moscow and in the General Assembly of the UN in New York. Occasionally performs with HRT Tamburitza Orchestra. As a member of Leibnitz Youth Symphonic Orchestra he participated in a concert in Leibnitz accompanying jazz trumpet player Randy Brecker in 2011.

In 2010 Marko First as an music arranger, along with the choreographer Stjepan Perko, won the first prize at the Croatian Choreography Competition for the choreography "Za gorami, dolinami, tam vojaci logruju". He also colaborated with Marko Kovačić (lyrics) and Damir Zagoršćak (music) on a song "San" (writing the arrangement), which in 2013 won the first prize in VGF music festival in Croatia.

During the 2010 and 2011 he participated with music group Cinkuši in a theater play named Man Who Saved Europe which was directed by Rene Medvešek in ZKM. In 2014 and 2015 he was a member of the house band on the TV show "Uhvati bingo ritam" (RTL television).

For Euterpe project he performed in Belgrade with Belo Platno.