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Summary Information

Identity:

  • Bledar ZAJMI was born in 1973 in Tirana, Albania
  • Nationality: Albanian, Czech naturalized citizen
  • Current Country of Residence: Czech Republic

Musical Studies in Albania:

  • Music School "Kongresi i Përmetit" in Tirana (1979-1987)
    Teacher(s): Afërdita Hasa (née Hasko)
  • Artistic School "Jordan Misja" in Tirana (1987-1991)
    Teacher(s): Gjovalin Lazri
  • Academy of Arts in Tirana (1991-1992)
    Teacher(s): Astrit Selita

Musical Studies Abroad:

  • Academy of Music in Prague, Czech Republic (1992-1997)
    Teacher(s): Rudolf Lojda

Current Occupation(s):

  • Principal Cellist in "National Theatre Opera" in Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Soloist and Concertmaster of the orchestra "Virtuosi di Praga" (Czech Republic)

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Biography

Bledar Zajmi was born in Tirana, Albania in 1973. He took his first cello lessons as a 6 years old and already showed an amazing amount of talent at this young age.
At his 12ve year of age, he won the 2nd price in the cello national contest and starts giving concerts in Albania and abroad. After graduating at the musical arts highschool in Tirana, he compeets for and wins the scholarship for the Academy of Music in Prague, where he studies during 1992-1997 and graduates with honors under the care of Professor Rudolf Loida. In the same year at his graduation, he also took part in the masterclass at "Summer Music Academy" (Prof. Josef Chuchro).
Already during his university studies, he starts concentrating in his solo career and chamber music. He plays in a series of solo concerts in Japan, Italy, Germany and Czech Republic, where he received positively highly rated critics from the artistic press.
In 1999, he wins the 2nd prize in the international chamber music contest, "Palma d’Oro" in Finale Ligure, Italy (duo cello and piano) and the jury’s Special Prize for the best interpretation of the contest piece played.
In 2004, he wins silver in another international chamber music contest, "Rovere d’Oro" in San Bartolomeo al Mare, Italy.
Throughout his career to this day, he has been able to build a rich discography, playing with various chamber music groups and he regularly records plays for the Czech radio and television. In the meanwhile, he has continued performing concerts in many countries in Europe, Japan, China, Israel and Brazil. In 2010 he recorded a new CD named "Memories" with albanian music for cello.
Since the year 2000, he has been the concert master-cello soloist at the Narodni Divadlo, the National Theatre in Prague with his instrument, Clarus, by the Czech violin maker Jan Sipka, which has been a trustworthy and a much beloved companion to Bledar throughout the years.

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