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Edlira NOVAKU (GJONI)

Summary Information

Identity:

  • Edlira NOVAKU (GJONI) was born in 1973 in Peshkopi, Albania
  • Nationality: Albanian
  • Current Country of Residence: Albania

Musical Studies in Albania:

  • Artistic School "Jordan Misja" in Tirana (1979-1991)
    Teacher(s): Eftali Ndreu (née Papathanasi)
  • Academy of Arts in Tirana (1991-1995)
    Teacher(s): Gjovalin Lazri, Pjetër Guralumi, Gëzim Laro

Current Occupation(s):

  • Cello Teacher in Artistic School "Jordan Misja" in Tirana (Albania)

Biography

Edlira Gjoni (Novaku) completed her primary and secondary studies in the instrument of cello at the Artistic High School "Jordan Misja" in Tirana, during the years 1979-1991, with teacher Eftali Ndreu.
She completed her higher studies in 1991-1995 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana with teachers Gjovalin Lazri, Pjetër Guralumi and Gëzim Laro.
During the years 1987-1994 she was a member of the group "The Virtuosos" (directed from conductor Zhani Ciko) that gave a series of concerts in Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary.
In 2009 she performed a recital concert supported by the school orchestra with the participation of its teachers and students, under the direction of renowned conductor Desar Sulejmani. During the period 2008-2019 she has realized a series of concerts with her students, winners of various artistic awards.
In 2011 she gave several concerts with the Teachers' Orchestra in music schools in Durrës, Vlora, Shkodra, Elbasan and in the "Tonin Harapi" hall in Tirana.
In 2012 she participated in the International Music Concert Season (Master Class), and in the same year, together with the famous pianist Desar Sulejmani, she performed a series of recital concerts in several cities of Albania, namely: Shkodra, Elbasan, Vlora, Durres and Tirana. Her artistic activity continued with a number of other concerts over the years, such as: Concert DUO V-CELLO with cellist Teuta Krypçi (2013); Chamber music instrumental concert "Trio Beethoven" 2015 (soloist) (part of the concert of teachers of the artistic high school "Spring Concert", held in the cities of Shkodra, Gjakova, Tirana); Concert in support of Down Syndrome; Concert Recital “Sonata”, Schubert (soloist) (2019, “Spring concert” Shkodër, Prishtina, Tirana).
She has given dozens of concerts, being part of various national and international orchestras such as: Female Orchestra (Italy, 2011); Opera and Ballet Theater Orchestra (2011-2012); International Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany); orchestra "Chamber Orchestra Synthesis 2013" (soloist); orchestra "Chamber Orchestra Synthesis 2014"; "Giovanile Internazionale" symphony orchestra (2015); Art High School and Valor School Orchestra (Colorado, USA 2014); "Academie D'ete" (Brussels, HUY 2013, 2014, 2015) etc.
She has been part of various artistic juries, such as: competition "Songs of the Earth" (2009), competition "Arskosova" (2018); Head of the Chamber Music Department (2014-2015) and Head of the Music Department for the branch of Arches (viola, cello, double bass) (2015-2019), and has performed 8 recital concerts with prominent and talented students throughout years 2008-2019.

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