Tedi Papavrami - Biography

Yossif Ivanov

Tedi Papavrami © Kaupo Kikkas

Tedi Papavrami


Tirana born Tedi Papavrami started playing the violin at the age of 5. Aged 8, he debuted in public performing Pablo de Sarasate’s Airs Bohémiens with the Tirana Philharmonic Orchestra.

He studied with Pierre Amoyal at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and graduated at the age of 15. Tedi Papavrami won several important international prizes. Since then, he has collaborated as concerto soloist with conductors likes Kurt Sanderling, Antonio Pappano, Armin Jordan, Emmanuel Krivine, Manfred Honeck, François-Xavier Roth, Thierry Fischer, Gilbert Varga and M. Aeschenbacher.

Tedi Papavrami is also a passionate chamber musician. He has been a member of the Schumann Quartet (piano quartet) for nine years. He has performed in recitals with chamber music partners such as Philippe Bianconi, Nelson Goerner, Maria Joao Pires, Martha Argerich, Gary Hofmann, Marc Coppey, Paul Meyer and Lawrence Power. Since 2011, he has been presenting the complete Beethoven violin sonatas and piano trios in the company of cellist Xavier Phillips and pianist François Frédéric Guy.

Tedi Papavrami’s large discography shows his versatility: He recorded works of Bach, Scarlatti, Brahms, Saint-Saens, Paganini, Bartók, Prokofiev and many more (aeon, Naxos, harmonia mundi). The last CD was dedicated to the complete Sonatas for violin solo by Eugène Ysaÿe (Zig-Zag, Diapason de l’année 2014). A new recording of Bartók’s 2nd Violin Concerto with Emmanuel Krivine and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra will be released in 2015. Furthermore a series of CDs with Beethoven’s sonatas and piano trios recorded by Papavrami, Francois-Frédéric Guy and Xavier Phillips will be released.

Tedi Papavrami lives in Geneva where he was appointed violin professor at the Haute École de Musique de Genève in 2008.

He plays on a Stradivarius “The Reynier” of the French Foundation LVMH.