Tedi Papavrami

Violin - Albania

Tedi Papavrami

Regarded as one of the most important violinists of his generation, Tedi Papavrami was born in Albania and began his violin studies with his father, at 5 years old. Three years later, he played as a soloist with the Tirana Philharmonic Orchestra and, at 11 years old, he was the soloist of the 1st Paganini Concerto.

Invited to Paris, the young virtuoso became a student of Pierre Amoyal at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. During this time, besides countless concerts, he participated as a violinist on several television programmes.

On the wake of a series of awards, Tedi Papavrami began, in the 1990’s, his career as a soloist and chamber musician, having collaborated as a soloist with conductors of the stature of Kurt Sanderling, Antonio Pappano, Armin Jordan, Emmanuel Krivine, Manfred Honeck, François-Xavier Roth, Thierry Fischer, Gilbert Varga, and Matthias Aeschebacher, among others.

On the chamber music field, he was a member of the Schumann Piano Quartet, for 9 years. He also participated in concerts with musicians of the caliber of Philippe Bianconi, Nelson Goerner, Maria João Pires, Martha Argerich, Gary Hoffman, Marc Coppey, Paul Meyer, and Lawrence Power.

With a wide-ranging and award-winning discography, Tedi Papavrami was awarded, in 2014, the Diapason d’Or of “Solo Instrumentalist of the Year”, and a Choc Classic for an album dedicated to violin solo works by Eugène Ysaÿe.

A passionate writer, in 2000, he undertook the assignment of translating to french the works of Albanian writer Ismail Kadare. This incursion in the literary sphere continued in 2013 with “Fugue pour Violon Seul", published by Robert Laffont editions. Unanimously hailed by the press, this autobiographical narrative of Tedi Papavrami relays his past as a prodigy boy in Albania, followed by his escape to the west, and to freedom.

Since 2008, Tedi Papavrami has been a Professor of Violin at the Haute École de Musique Genève (HEM), in Switzerland.