Antonio Janigro (1918 – 1989), cellist, conductor and pedagogue, is regarded as one of the greatest European musicians of our times. He studied at the Conservatory in Milan and at Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.
His career of a soloist started when he was still a student, and led him to many music centers where he performed with distinguished orchestras and conductors as well as with instrumentalists such as pianists Carlo Zecchi, Paul Badura-Skoda, and Dinu Lipatti. In 1939, he settled in Zagreb where he worked for many years, teaching at the Beethoven Music School and the Music Academy. He also led the Zagreb Radio Television (now Croatian Radio Television) Chamber Orchestra and founded the Zagreb Soloists. After almost three decades in Croatia, he left for Milan where he led the Angelicum Ensemble. His next stop was Saarbrücken and the Chamber Radio-Orchestra, followed by Düsseldorf where he remained for many years teaching at the Robert Schumann Conservatory. He spent some time in Salzburg leading the Camerata Accademica Ensemble, and holding master-classes at the Mozarteum, as well as in Portugal, the UK, and Canada. In Turin, he delivered a master class during the Music Meetings, and near the end of his life, he was active in the Romano Romani Foundation in Brescia. Antonio Janigro's contribution to Croatian music is enormous. He was an artist of subtle taste, a great erudite, intimately familiar with musical literature, a cellist of beautiful tone, luxuriant interpretation and brilliant technique, and a conductor who greatly indebted our country with his masterly stylistic interpretations. As a chamber musician, he played in the legendary piano trio Maček-Šulek-Janigro. His teaching helped rear a whole range of excellent musicians.