The National Theater of Opera, Ballet and Folk Ensemble presents the “Crescendo musicale” Concert with the participation of the NTOB Choir and Orchestra on February 3rd, 2019 – 7 pm at the “Terminal 400” Hall of arTurbina. Under the conducting of Rafet Rudi.
This performance takes place within the framework of the joint cultural calendar Albania – Kosovo and is materialized with the participation of Kosovo conductor Rafet Rudi, who will lead the concert.
Program of “Crescendo musicale” Concert on 3 February:
“dall’ Antiphonario” – by Gjergj Danush Llapacaj
“Sancta Maria de Amelphitana”
Choral – by Jan Kukuzeli
Soloist: Emiljana Palushaj
“O Magnum mysterium” – by Th. L. de Victoria
“Agnus Dei” op. 167 – by Egil Hovland
Concert for fagot and “a cappella” choir
Orges Malaj- Fagot
“Missa in D-Dur” KV 194 – by Wofgang Amadeus Mozart
Soloists: Emiljana Palushaj, Ina Gaqi, Gerald Murrja, Bledi Domi
Rafet Rudi was born in Mitrovica, Kosovo, on January 5, 1949. In 1973 he graduated in composition and conducting under Predrag Milošević at the Music Academy in Belgrade. He studied for the master’s degree in Sarajevo with Vojin Kamadina, during which time he also studied in Paris with Claude Ballif.
He began lecturing in 1976 at the Faculty of Arts in Prishtina. From 1980 to 1987 he was the choir conductor at Radio Television of Prishtina. During this time he gave more than 150 concerts throughout the former Yugoslavia. In 1980 he became conductor of the Kosovo Philharmonic Choir, with whom he regularly performs concerts locally and abroad. He is the founder and director of the ReMusica Festival.
His musical language ranges from neo-classicism with extended tonalities to atonality and postmodern. His music is typically scored for traditional instruments, the voice, or electronics.
He is also active as a writer, having published in magazines and daily newspapers, in Kosovo and beyond. A large number of his writings, analyses, and music essays are collected in his first book “Sprova estetike”.
Rudi is a laureate of many important awards and accolades such as: Kosovo’s December Award for Creativity (1983); BEMUS International Festival Award; SHKK Annual Award in 1982, etc.
Some of his main works include: Symphony, Concert for Guitar and String Orchestra, Piano and Symphony Orchestra Concert, String Quartet, ‘The return’ for mezzo-soprano and symphony orchestra, ‘Malli për udhëtarin e humbur/Afresk Arbëresh III/Concerto Fantasy’ for violin and choir, ‘Laudatio Funebris’ for soprano and string orchestra, Impressions for flute and symphony orchestra, ‘Icare ubi’ for mezzo-soprano, choir, 3 timpani, gong, tr-gl, 2 pianos, ‘In A’ for soloists, choir and instrumental ensemble, etc. His works have been published in France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. They are performed in many countries around the world.
In recent years, Rudi has devoted himself to discovering, restoring, and adapting the choral literature of ancient Albanian authors. For the first time, works of great historical importance by Gjergj Danush Llapacaj (XVI century), Jan Kukuzeli (XIII century) and Niketa Dardani (Niketa of Remisiana, IV century) were performed for the Albanian public. These works are becoming part of the standard choral repertoire in Albanian lands. Rafet Rudi is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and a member of the Albanian Academy of Arts and Sciences.