May 13, 1971 - Tirana, Albania
© Davolo Steiner
At the age of four, Tedi Papavrami started studying the violin with his father, Robert Papavrami, a renowned teacher who thoroughly influenced his artistic development. At the age of eight he performed Sarasate's Airs Bohémiens with the Tirana Philharmonic Orchestra and three years later the First Violin Concerto by Paganini.
In September 1982, thanks to the flutist Alain Marion, the French Government offered him a scholarship in France. French Television is immediately interested in this young soloist and Jacques Chancel invites him to perform during his "Grand Echiquier".
Pierre Amoyal was his teacher at the CNSMP Conservatoire in Paris. Winner of the Rodolfo Lipitzer Competition in Italy in 1985, Papvrami was unanimously awarded the First Prize of the CNSMP Conservatoire in 1986. He pursued his musical career guided by Zino Francescatti and Viktoria Mullova before being awarded the George Enescu Prize by the SACEM in 1992. In 1993 he won the First Prize of the Sarasate Competition in Pamplona, as well as the Special Prize of the Public.
Papavrami has performed throughout Europe, in South Africa, Turkey, Japan and Israel with famous orchestras such as the Bayerische Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, the Bologna Orchestra, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Orchestre de Paris, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, The Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, as well as in prestigious festivals such as Montreux, Schleswig Holstein and Newport. He also toured Japan with the 24 Caprices by Paganini and South America playing Mozart's Concertante. In addition, he has been acclaimed for his interpretation of the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas.
Among the distinguished conductors he has worked with are: Kurt Sanderling, Christopher Hogwood, Antonio Papano, Louis Langrée, Gilbert Varga, Zdenek Macal, Armin Jordan and more recently Paul Daniel and Alexander Vedernikov. The versatile Papavrami also regularly performs in chamber music and his favorite partners are Philippe Bianconi, Huseyin Sermet, Paul Meyer, Raphael Oleg, Xavier Phillips and François-Frédéric Guy, etc... As both an actor and violinist, Papavrami was invited to shoot a TV film "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" (in the role of Danceny), opposite to Catherine Deneuve, Rupert Everett, Nastassja Kinsky and Danielle Darrieux. This series was shown all over the world and soundtrack of the film has been issued by Pan Classics.
For the AEON label, Papavrami signed recordings of the Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo by Bach, and Scarlatti's Sonatas (transcriptions made by the artist himself and available through Ries & Elder, Berlin). As violinist in the Schumann Quartet between 2002 and 2012, he recorded different CD's and among them both Chausson and Fauré's Quartet hailed by critics (Diapason d'Or, Choc of the Monde de la Musique French review...). The CD Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Brahms with Philippe Bianconi was released in 2007.
Another of Papavrami's interests is literature and in the year 2000, parallel to his activities as a musician, he has been recognized as the official translator of the Albanian writer Ismail Kadaré for the publishing house Fayard. Papavrami lives in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was appointed professor of violin at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève in 2008. He plays a violin built for him by luthier Christian Bayon.
April 2013 will see the release of Papavrami's autobiographical story Fugue pour violon seul by Robert Laffont Editions together with a box set of 6 CD's of his recordings of the works for solo violin by Bach, Paganini, Scarlatti and Bartok on Zig-Zag Territoires. Thanks to an exceptional agreement between both a Publisher and a Label, musical and autobiographical works are also gathered in an enhanced digital version.