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Tedi Papavrami (c) Kauko Kikkas

Tedi Papavrami


Arriving in France a tender age, Tedi Papavrami found himself facing a wholly alien land and culture. Naturally inquisitive, his determination to feel more at home in his new country, and to overcome his initial sense of isolation by mastering the French language, urged him to devour countless books — all in French — by writers such as Stendhal, Proust, Flaubert, Dostoyevsky, Kafka, etc. A truly exceptional musician, Papavrami is characterised by a curiosity that knows no borders, coupled to great intellectual and artistic rigor: together these qualities have enabled him to bridge the gap between his background and less familiar horizons. Introduced to the instrument that has since formed an integral part of his existence at the age of five by his father, a brilliant teacher, Tedi’s progress was sensational. Just three years after taking up the violin, he was playing a concert of Sarasate’s Gypsy Airs with the Tirana Philharmonic Orchestra. At eleven, he gave a public performance of Paganini’s Concerto no. 1, complete with Emile Sauret’s nerve-jangling cadenza. In the wake of a slew of prizes, in the 1990s Tedi started carving out a career as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborating as a soloist with orchestral conductors of the stature of Kurt Sanderling, Antonio Pappano, Armin Jordan, Emmanuel Krivine, Manfred Honeck, François-Xavier Roth, Thierry Fischer, Gilbert Varga, and Matthias Aeschenbacher… On the chamber music side, he was a member of the Quatuor Schumann, a piano quartet, for nine years. In concert, he appears with partners of the calibre of Philippe Bianconi, Nelson Goerner, Maria João Pires, Martha Argerich, Gary Hoffman, Marc Coppey, Paul Meyer, and Lawrence Power. Since 2011, he has been working on Beethoven’s violin sonatas and piano trios together with cellist Xavier Phillips and pianist François Frédéric Guy, musicians with whom he appears on a regular basis.