Anita Tartari, a lifetime dedicated to piano
One of the first names that comes to our mind when talking about Albanian pianists is undoubtedly Anita Tartari. Her pedagogical career is already around half a century, her very first concert used to tale place 60 years ago; What an admirable and rare balance! Asking her what the secret of this lifelong playing is, she says, “The well-known composer Tonin Harapi, one of the personalities of Albanian art used to write” an artist is not the one who makes art but the one who can not stand without art “! She received the first piano lectures at age 7. With a lot of nostalgia recalls her first two teachers: Lali Gabeci and Eli Kacidhja. They used to be the ones who taught her how the hands on the piano and educated her with love and passion for music. The profession of pianist to her was sealed when she managed to study at the Institute of Arts (now the University of Arts). In 1968, at the end of her studies, she was appointed to teach piano at the Institute of Arts. In 2014 she retired and she still continues to teach as a guest professor. Her talent and the intensity of artistic and pedagogical activities quickly listed her name as among the most well-known in Albania. She became one of the most popular and required pianists; instrument players, conductors and composers, as well as the protagonists of the most influential musical events of that time used to ask her as the favorite pianist. Her career will be characterized by hundreds of concerts such as soloists, featurings with orchestras, chamber music ensembles, Concert-Maestro with instrumentalists and singers not only in Albania but also in international stages. Works such as: Concert No. 2 by F.Liszt for piano of orchestra, Preludet by F.Chopin, Sonata by C.Franch for piano violin and piano Brahms’s Sonatas for piano violin or Caiovsky’s great trio are from the most culminating achievements of her interpretation carrier. That best demonstrate her qualitative interpretative level. The poetic and warm playing, brilliant sound, perfect phrases, and deep musical thought reflect her maturity as a pianist during her concert experiences. The elegance and finesse in her play shows a professional quality level as well as an aristocracy so rarely seen in Albanian stages. Gerard Poulet (French violinist professor at the Superior Conservatory of Paris) after the concert with Anita in TKOB used to write in “Drita” newspaper: “She is a worthy partner, of a very well-prepared culture, and share with her all the success of the concert!”. In the program it was performed Franck-Sonata, Brahms-Sonata No. 3, Ravel-Gypsy and the concert was all prepared in just two days. Anita Tartari is an interpreter of a large part of the works of Albanian composers such as T.Harapi, F.Ibrahimi, K.Lara, Ç.Zadeja, L.Dizdari, A.Peci, S.Shupo, etc., whose works she played for the first time being awarded on different prizes. She has an intense activity in collaboration with instrument players and she owns almost all the chamber music repertoire. The Trio “Songs of the Earth” with the violinist, I.Madhi, and the M.Denisi sculptor marked important steps in the cultivation of chamber music in Albania. With special emotion, Anita tells about the concerts she played with violinist T.Papavrami: “It was a special privilege of cooperation with the world-famous violinist Tedi Papavrami. In addition to being a great great violinist, Tedi is a highly-educated intellectual artist, communicative, modest, adorable and incredibly intelligent speaker. It was really a joy and luck to play with him.
Anita Tartari’s career will be characterized by an ongoing contribution to new talents where we would count over 100 pianists who completed full-time studies and graduated in her class who are now internationally successful like: Genc Tukiqi, Ekland Hasa, Manjola Trabicka, Endri Nini, Dhurata Lazo, Deniola Kuraja, Mira Kruja, Irma Picari, Tixhe Dedja, Ardit Fejzo, Elda Aliaj, Elida Dakoli,etc. Anita is a caring and passionate editor of most of the important Albanian piano works that today enriched and are part of the programs of the University of Arts. Today Anita is a member of Instrumental Trio together with her violinist sister Didi Tartari, as well as with the cello player F.Zissi (Italy) holding concerts in Italy and Albania. Modest, elegant, delicate, with a rich spiritual world, with passion and will, far from the thrill of advertising, Anita is a true artist. Being on the head of Piano Department for years, the concise life of teaching are best intertwined and highlight the features of a consolidated and complete artist. With the strength and passion of long, successful career on her shoulder Anita Tartari remains one of the most important figures of Albanian pianist and Albanian interpretation.