Dino was born on 3rd April 1970 in Pola/Pula. He was an only child. Till the age of 16 he lived in Rovigno/Rovinj with his parents – a mother who is a doctor and his father who was a mechanical engineer – and his maternal grandparents.
He attended his first eight years of school at a Croatian school in Rovigno and then did two years of junior high at the Italian upper-secondary school. He always got excellent results.
He went to school in the mornings and took piano lessons in the afternoons. At first he studied with private teachers in Rovigno/Rovinj and then attended the music school (Conservatory) of Pola/Pula, and graduated as a professional pianist in 1986.
The same year, at the age of 16, as the recipient of the Istria Nobilissima award for pianists, he was admitted to the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy.
He graduated from the UWC with flying colours and obtained an International Baccalaureate in 1988.
In 1989 he joined the polytechnic in Milan, where he graduated in electronic engineering summa cum laude in 1995.
While he was at university, the sudden demise of his father made him shoulder a number of responsibilities. He did so with great courage even though the loss of his father was a terrible blow.
Right after graduating from university, he worked at the polytechnic in Lausanne as a researcher. In January 1997 he was hired by Motorola, and he worked for the company till March 2000, first in Geneva, and then in Munich and Detroit.
He moved on to becoming and associate with two well-known City banks in London: Goldman Sachs International and Nomura International.
The last job he held was as a business consultant at the Generali insurance company in Trieste, Italy.
Bilingual from childhood (Italian and Croatian), he also spoke English, French and German.
Notwithstanding the busy life he led studying and working, Dino always made time for his loved ones, for his friends, to play tennis, attend concerts, and, when he was in Rovigno/Rovinj – a place he always returned to – he made sure to find time to go sailing and squid fishing and to listen to the heartbeat of the sea.
Citizen of Europe
To further his education, Dino left Rovinj at the age of sixteen. He had just graduated as a
pianist from the Conservatory in Pula and attended the first two years of the Italian high
school in Rovigno. His grades were so good that he was granted admission to the United
World College of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy.
Dino left Rovigno, his family, friends, and the sea he so loved, and started a new life.
Someone once asked him: “Do you like living in Duino?” “No!” he replied.
– “Well then come home.”
– “No, I want to stay on.”
There are some people who feel they have to find their own path in life and do not allow risk
and disappointment to bar the way.
There are people who have to travel far and long to understand when and where to stop.
Dino was such a person.
He most certainly missed everything he had left behind, but his love of life, his eagerness and
curiosity, the need to measure his worth, to express his talent, to experience new things, to
discover all that the world holds, was overpowering.
Dino was a traveller born to walk the path of life on the wings of the need to explore – that very same way need that has barred mankind from being stationary from time immemorial.
From Rovigno/Rovinj to Duino, and then to Milan, Lausanne, Munich, London, New York and once again London, Rovigno/Rovinj, Trieste – Dino embarked on a twenty-year journey during which his ties with his family were strong and steadfast. It was a journey dotted with many comings and goings, and one last leg of the journey – Trieste to Rovigno/Rovinj – which strengthened a tie that had never been severed, a tie with his homeland, his friends and the sea.
Dino returned home with a wealth of experience that however did not make him lose his simplicity and the warm spontaneity that made him so well loved. He was still the strong yet fragile young man he had always been – a generous and happy person who spoke five languages, who loved his native dialect, who shied from formality, who worked well and hard; a person who loved life, who enjoyed laughing and joking.
There is a line in a book that seems to have been written especially for him:
“The pain of loss can be abated by reliving the memory of a person who was so beautiful and full of life.”
Truly, it is memory that makes life meaningful.