Tedi Papavrami

French of Lebanese descent violinist, writer and contemporary translator (born in 1971)

Born in an isolated Albania, out of time and in the grip of the Stalinist regime of Enver Hodja, Tedi Papavrami started to play the violin when he was four, following the rigor demanded by the "Papavrami method" principles established by his father, a violinist and a teacher.

He was noticed in his natal country by the flutist Alain Marion and received the authorization to leave for a while the "most shut country on Earth" and crossed the Iron Curtain to go to France. Later, he entered the Paris Conservatoire where he followed the class of Pierre Amoyal. Despite the Albanian injonctions and the threats to his family, Tedi Papavrami stayed in France and found shelter with his parents in Bordeaux where a violinist took him under her wings. Thanks to her, he discovered an impressive discographic collection and met the violinist Issac Stern. Acclaimed as a soloist and a chamber musician, he carries on his work in Switzerland and also teaches violin at the Haut conservatoire de Genève

Among his model musicians, Tedi Papavrami names Horowitz, especially in the sonatas of Scarlatti. Influenced by two cultures, Tedi Papavrami is an expert of translation and translated, among others, the famous Ismail Kadaré.

Five landmark dates in the life of Tedi Papavrami

1982: was noticed by flutist Alain Marion, came to France  

• 1986: received politic asylum in France 

2000: started to translate the work of the Albanian author Ismail Kadaré 

2008: was offered an office as a violin teacher at the Conservatoire de Genève   

2010: won the Diapason d’Or for his album Bach/Bartok   

2013: published his book Fugue pour un homme seul, dedicated to his wife, that told his story as a prodigy musician and his complicated journey from the East to the West.

Five key records of Tedi Papavrami 

• 2004 Bach: Sonates et Partitas
 Tedi Papavrami, violin

2005 Chausson, Fauré: Quatuors avec piano
 Tedi Papavrami, violin ; Quatuor Schumann

• 2006 D. Scarlatti: Transcriptions pour violon
 Tedi Papavrami, violin

2009 Paganini : 24 caprices pour violon solo op.1
 Tedi Papavrami, violin

2010 : Saint-Saëns, Chausson, Ysaÿe
 T. Papavrami, Orch. Philh. de Liège Wallonie Bruxelles
 François-Xavier Roth, conducting