Robert Radoja – “The Master” who continues to give much to Albanian art and music culture
The Radoja family is one of the families of Shkodra’s civic traditions. Fathers’s family Shuku, that used to be a specialist in agriculture (studied agronomy in Italy), with a job career in several cities like Lushnje, Durrës and Shkodër after marrying Elisabeth (a cultured woman who owned foreign languages) placed the family from the Gurazezëve road, to the village of Rencë (5 km northeast of Shkodra) where they set up farm. It was a modern one for the time of speaking. There the couple gave birth to three children, Robert, Renato and Terezinen. Initially, the family had a comfortable life because it owned enough land to produce life needs as well as vehicles to work and transport. But after the collectivization reforms, the economy falls and all three children move to Tirana for more opportunities and study space. The three young Radoja come to the be observed in art and sports, Roberti – musician, Renato basketball player (excellent sportsman, national team member) and Terezina – music and basketball. Roberti, born in 1938, was educated in the city of Shkodra through contacts with distinguished figures of this city such like: Prenkë Jakova, Ida Melgushi, Tish Daija, Leonard Deda etc. and through private lessons courses attended to the pioneer’s home.
He continued education close to the Artistic Lyceum “Jordan Misja” of Tirana in 1951 – 1959 to continue piano studies at the State Conservatory, Akakdemine of Arts (1962 – 1966).
His career began in Lice (1959) and pianist and master-concert teacher (1959) and after completing his studies (1966) Head of Art Section at the Pioneer Palace – Tirana (today’s National Cultural Center (1981 – 1985) is a music editor (first category) at Kinostudio “Shqiperia e Re” (today “Albafilm”) and in 1985 she is a pianist lecturer, head of chamber music and concert hall at the Academy of Arts – Tirana. Since 2000 and ongoing he is retired, maintaining inseparable links with artistic activity as piano teacher, performer, orchestra and coordinator.
His career carries on more than 5 decades of activity as a pianist and teacher; composer and arranger of classical, light, popular and film music; organizer of festivals, contests and artistic activities, artistic group leaders and orchestral formations. He is a performer of many concerts as a concert-master with singers, vocal ensembles, instrumentalists and orchestras at home and abroad.
His artistic activity has influenced the discovery and education of many artists that have now become popular as Suzana Frasheri, Drita Mata, Yllka Mujo, Suzana Turku, Dorian Nini, Irma Libohova, Inva Mula, Ardit Gjebrea, Zana Çela, Zamira Bodinaku, Vikena Kamenica, Oriana Kurteshi, Ermonela Jaho, etc.
The Interpretative experiences: Robert Radoja career as solo pianist and member of ensemble started in the ’50s, concerts in the country’s main scenes and later (after the 90’s) in Spain, Italy, Greece, Slovenia and Germany. Of this period are a series of concerts and recordings realized as a member of the trio: R. Radoja – piano; C. Simoni (R. Papavrami, F. Hoxha) – violin and S. Kalemi (M. Denisi) – cello.
In the soloist, among the most prominent performances, there is the performance of Beethoven’s No.1 Piano Orchestra Concert in Do Mazhor Op. 15, with the Symphonic Orchestra of the State Conservatory of Tirana under the direction of conductor Mustafa Krantja in 1963, Bach-Bussoni “Toccata e Fuga in D”, works by Listz, Bach, Beethoven, Saint Saens, Dvorak, Grieg. He is the premier performer of some of the works of Albanian instrumental literature such as Çesk Zadeja “Humoresca”, works by Tonin Harapi, Albert Paparisto, Feim Ibrahimi, Limos Dizdari, Peter Gaci (where he also edits the Ballade and the Concert for Violin) Avni Mula, Kujtim Laro, Alksander Peci, Sokol Shupo and others.
In his long concert career there have been collaborations with Albanian and foreign artists such as: Cin Simoni – violin, Ibrahim Madhi – violin, Gezim Laro – violoncello, Ermelinda Paparisto – soprano, Muharrem Denisi – cello, Fatbardha Hoxha – violin, Gjegj Antoniu – cello, Robert Papavrami – violins, Suzana Frasheri – soprano, Kastriot Tusha – tenor, Vikena Kamenica – mexosoprano, Viktoria Matzjevskaja (Russia) – violins, Josef Veselij (Czech) – Tenor, Isak Shehu – Trumpets, Aristidh Prosi – Radovani – violins, Vikena Kamenica – mexosoprano, Fini Negri – flaut, Suela Piciri – violins, Mirela Tafaj – soprano, Mimoza Kosturi – soprano, etc.
Acknowledgments and gratitude for Robert Radoja’s contribution and career are: Medal “Naim Frasheri” (1980); Order “Naim Frasheri” class III (1989); The award of gratitude at the 41rd RTV Festival (December 2002).
Prof. Lorenc Radovani