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Summary Information

Identity:

  • Rajli BICOLLI was born in 1984 in Tirana, Albania
  • Nationality: Albanian, American naturalized citizen
  • Current Country of Residence: United States

Musical Studies in Albania:

  • Music School "Kongresi i Përmetit" in Tirana (1990-1992)
    Teacher(s): Rita Llapaj
  • Music School "Kongresi i Përmetit" in Tirana (1992-1996)
    Teacher(s): Ritvana Selita (née Arapi)

Musical Studies Abroad:

  • Cleveland Music School Settlement, USA (1996-1998)
    Teacher(s): Charles Griffith
  • Cleveland Music School Settlement, USA (1998-2002)
    Teacher(s): Alan Harrell
  • University of Alabama, USA (2002-2007)
    Teacher(s): Carlton Mccreeery
  • Temple University in Philadelphia, USA (2007-2009)
    Teacher(s): Jeffery Solow

Current Occupation(s):

  • Cellist for Elegance String Quartet
  • Private lessons in Philadelphia (USA)

Biography

Rajli Bicolli was born in Albania in 1984 and began studying cello at age 6. Six years later he moved to the United States with his family, and at age 14 he appeared as the concerto competition winner with the Settlement Music School Orchestra in Cleveland, OH. That same year he was invited to join the American Music Abroad in a tour of Europe performing in six countries. In 2007, he received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Alabama where he studied with Carlton McCreery. He then went on to study with Jeffrey Solow at Temple University where he completed his Master of Music. As a soloist, Rajli has appeared with the University of Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and with the Starkville Symphony Orchestra.
After graduating Temple University, Rajli became a Lead Teaching Artist for the El Sistema based program Play On, Philly, where he taught group lessons and orchestra studies from 2012-2017. Since 2017 Rajli has focused mainly on running and managing his ensemble, Elegance String Quartet. What started as a hobby project for arranging and performing popular music had become a full-time career. The ensemble is well-known in the Philadelphia and surrounding region for creating their own unique arrangements and combining electric instruments with effects and rhythm pedals. Rajli is married to Aisha Dossumova, 1st violin in the ensemble.

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