Concert of the Chamber Trio from Albania at Days of Macedonian Music 2018
Merita Rexha Tershana – piano
Joleta Golemi – flute
Arben Llozi – viola
DUSK for flute, viola and piano
EZGIJA for flute solo
METAMORPHOSE 2 for viola solo
POINTS OF VIEW III for flute and piano
CONTRASTS for viola and piano
FANTASY- INTRADA for piano
THE LOST ROMANTICA
for flute, viola and piano
Merita Rexha Tërshana graduated from the University of Arts in Tirana, in the class of prof. Margarita Kristidhi. She has undertaken numerous postgraduate courses in Germany under the acclaimed professors Paul Badura-Skoda and Till Engel. Tërshana has been working at the University of Arts in Tirana since 1994, firstly as a concertmaster and from 2002 as a pedagogue. As a soloist she has performed alongside numerous orchestras including the Albanian Radio Television (RTSH), the Symphony orchestra of the University of Arts, Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Philarmonic Orchestra of Tirana and Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra under the batton of well known albanian and foreign conductors such as B. Llapaj, N. Marin and D. Savic among others. In addition, Merita Tërshana has been invited to perform as a soloist and chamber musician at several festivals: Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), Bregenz Festspiel (Austria), Grosseto Musica Festival (Italy), Remusika Festival (Kosovo), Ohrid Summer Festival (Macedonia), Pianodrom (Albania), International Festival of Chamber Music (Albania) Different Trains (Albania), Balkan Contemporary Music Festival (Albania) etc. Her performances have reached many concert stages from Germany, Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Macedonia, to Japan. Merita Rexha Tërshana has premiered a great number of piano pieces from Albanian composers and Albanian premieres, including a work by Xenakis at the Autumn Festival in Tirana in 1998, where the renowned author himself was present.
After graduating from the University of the Arts in Tirana, Jonela Golemi moved to Paris to study at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris with prof. P.Y. Artaud and afterwards at the “Ecole Normale A. Cortot” Academy, where she graduated in flute studies. She attended also the Regional National Conservatory of Saint Maure des Fosses under the direction of prof. P. Lesgourgues, where she graduated with a Golden Medal, which she was also awarded for her diploma presentation for the degree in music pedagogy. Following graduation, she attended specialization with S. Limonaire and Ch. Brandon. She is the first winner of the music competition “N. Zoraqi”. Since 2002 she has been a member of “Orchestre de flutes Francais”, where she performs all the flute family (piccolo, alto, bass, octobass), alongside the renowned artists such as P. Y. Artaud, A. Biget, P. Bocquillon, P. Monty etc. She is the principal flutist of the Radio and Television Symphonic Orchestra and flute professor at the University of the Arts in Tirana. With the RTSH orchestra she has performed as a soloist in works by W. A. Mozart, D. Tukiçi, S. Tili, T. Daija, E. Kantja and many others.
Arben Llozi graduated from Academy of Arts (today’s University of Arts) in Tirana in the class of Gj. Pekmezi in 1989. He has attended masterclasses in chamber music in Bayreuth (Germany) and in France under the direction of prof. B. Pasquier. Since 1989, he has been teaching viola and chamber Music at the University of Arts. He has conducted masterclasses in viola and chamber music in France, Spain, Italy, Macedonia and Albania. With a repertoire that spans from Baroque music to the XXI century, Arben Llozi performed in hundreds of concerts in Europe and U.S. as a soloist and/or member of “Grupo Instrumental Siglo XX”, “Asmus Ensemble”, “Alban quartet”, “Balcanic Ensemble” and “Trio of the Academy”, and as conductor of Camerata of Tirana, Camerata dei Laghi, Albanian National TV String Orchestra, Tirana Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Arts String Ensemble, Ensemble Classica, Artistic Liceum String Orchestra etc. Arben Llozi has performed the world premieres of over 65 solo and chamber music works (many of which are dedicated to him) by Albanian and foreign composers: Crow, Zacharian, Duran, Gaqi, Perreiro, Peçi, Karier, Tsoyopoulos, Simaku, Kushta, Ibrahimi, Laro, Qerimaj, Sina, Lopez, Ballata, T. Z. Hua, Rastoporov, Youngwoo Yoo, Baysal, Lara, Daija, Dalipi, Fejzo, Tole etc. He has participated at many international festivals in Albania and abroad, as a soloist and in different formations, in Italy, Austria, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, USA, Greece, Kosovo, Slovenia, Macedonia and others. He is currently a professor of viola and chamber music at the University of Arts in Tirana, where he also holds the position of Head of the Department of interpretation (classical and modern instrument performers).