Claudia Aliaj Oliver- a star rising from the Albanian-Spanish blood

Claudia Aliaj was born in Salamanca (Spain) in 2005. At age of 2 years old, she started to singing in the “Anuba” choir, Salamanca.
At age 6 years old, she began playing the clarinet and her first solo performance like soloist when she was 7 years old with the Diego Pisador orchestra at the Figueroa Palace in Salamanca, performing Andante of the Fifth Symphony of Tchaikovsky.
She begin to study with Vicent Alberola at age of 9 years old. In the same year, she won the first prize of the I Competition of Young Musicians in the Llosa de Ranes (Valencia).
At age of 10, she played at the Monumental Theater in Madrid as part of a Young Symphony orchestra in which she was selected among 200 musicians from Spain, being the youngest participant in the orchestra. The concert was broadcast on RTVE (Radio Televisión Española).
At the age of 10 she began to study piano.
Among her numerous performances, it is worth mentioning his performance as a soloist at age 12 with the Vigo 430 orchestra in the Mar de Vigo Auditorium, with her professor Vicente Alberola performing Mendelssohn’s Konzerstück No. 2 for two clarinets and orchestra.
At the age of 12, she performed a recital of all Bach’s Inventions (piano) in Salamanca, Ávila and Segovia (Spain).
With 13 years, she was the regional winner of the National Interpretation Competition “Intercentros Melómano” in Alicante. In the same year, she played in Segovia a recital with the pianist Maria Zisi.
She has received masterclass from clarinetists as Wenzel Fuchs (Principal Clarinet of Berliner Philharmoniker), Nikita Vaganov (Principal Clarinet of Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra), Javier Martinez (Principal clarinet of RTVE Orchestra), Juan Ferrer (Principal Clarinet of Symphony Orchestra of Galicia and jury in Tchaikovsky Competition), Giovanni Punzi (Principal clarinet of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra), Davidde Lattuada (Bass Clarinet of Concertgebouworkest )…
Soon, she will play Weber’s Concert No. 2 with the “Ciudad de Salamanca” Symphony Orchestra at the Center for Performing Arts and Music.
She won the “Talentos” Competition, and in June, she will play in Nacional Auditorium (Madrid) and in Auditorio Sony (Auditorium of Reina Sofia School of Music) the Clarinet Quintet in B flat Major, Op.34 of Weber.
In April, she won a special prize in the “Vienna Competition of Music”.
A week ago, she won the First Prize (Category D) in the III International Music Competition (Music Prospect) in Moscow and she was the only Spanish. She will play in the winner’s’ gala concert at the Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Currently, she studies clarinet and piano at the Katarina Gurska School of Music and Foundation in Madrid, with Vicent Alberola in clarinet and Javier Negrín on piano.
Claudia is the daughter of the composer Cesar Aliaj and the granddaughter of the distinguished  choreographer Agron Aliaj. Her mother is a well-known cellist and cello professor in Spain. This artistic background will surely lead her to the heights of a prominent figure of Spanish art. Still  we consider her a part of the Albanian talent. Her wide repertoire ( as it is seen below) as well as the awards won so far, show that we are dealing with a rising star, for which Opusalb will constantly accompany her artistic journey.

Clarinet Repertoire
  • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K 622
  • G. Donizetti : Etude N° 1 for clarinet solo
  • Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke for clarinet and piano (12′)
  • L. Bassi: fantasy on “Rigoletto” for clarinet and piano (13′)
  • Lovreglio: fantasy on “Traviata” for clarinet and piano (12′)
  • F. Poulenc: sonata for clarinet and piano
  • B. H. Crusell: Concerto N°2 in F minor en Op. 5
  • Carl Maria von Weber: Concertino en Mi Bemol Mayor, Op. 26,
  • Carl Maria von Weber: Concierto n°1 en Fa Menor, Op. 73,
  • Carl Maria von Weber: Concierto n°2 en Mi Bemol Mayor op.74
  • Carl Maria von Weber: Gran Quinteto para clarinete y cuerdas Op. 34.
  • Andre Messager: Solo de Concours.
  • J. Brahms: Clarinet Sonata No.1, Op.120 No.1
  • J. Brahms: Clarinet Sonata No.2, Op.120 No.2
  • C. Debussy : Rhapsodie for clarinet and piano
  • E. Bozza: Bucolique para Clarinete y Piano
Piano Repertoire 
  • J. S. Bach: All Inventions
  • J. S. Bach Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 847
  • W.A. Mozart: Piano Sonata No.8 K. 310 / 300d
  • F. Chopin: Étude Op. 10 (“Revolutionary Étude”)No. 12
  • F. Chopin: Étude Op. 25, No. 1
  • F. Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor
  • F. Schubert / F.Liszt: Auf dem Wasser zu singen

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