Music Director and Conductor
Žak Ozmo is a music director, conductor, lutenist, and a music scholar based in London and Memphis, TN. He is the founder-director of the British period-instrument ensemble L'Avventura London, and his performances with L’Avventura London have been featured on most major radio stations in Europe and North America, including live concert broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. He has led the group at the world’s best-known music festivals and venues. In addition to his work with L’Avventra London, Žak frequently appears as a music director of opera companies, orchestras, and ensembles internationally. His work in Memphis includes musical direction of productions with the Tennessee Shakespeare Company and Opera Memphis.
Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslavia, Žak first started his musical training at the age of seven on the classical guitar and had his first nationally broadcasted solo performance at the age of fourteen. In his late teens, he left as a refugee from his war-torn native country for Canada; music was already a life-long passion, but now it became a solace, a joyful source of light in the midst of turmoil.