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date: 26 August 2019

Antoniu, Gjergjlocked

  • Mikaela Minga

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(b Tirana, Albania, April 12, 1949; d Tirana, Sept 28, 2012). Albanian cellist. His parents were acclaimed artists. His father, Kristaq Antoniu, was a singer, actor, and stage director. His mother, Androniqi Zengo, was a painter. Between 1967 and 1973 Antoniu completed his cello studies at the Albanian Higher Institute of Arts (Instituti i Lartë i Arteve), with Y. Skënderi and M. Denizi. During this time he became one of the most acclaimed cello soloists in Albania of both chamber music and solo works, being the first performer of pieces by Albanian composers such as Ç. Zadeja, F. Ibrahimi, K. Laro, S. Kushta, T. Gaqi, and A. Peçi,. Antoniu gave numerous concerts, primarily in Albania, though a few abroad. He participated in the most important musical events of his time and made radio recordings. In his repertory are included cello pieces from Classic and Romantic European composers. Antoniu was appointed professor at the High Institute of Arts and taught there for more than thirty years....

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