Tedi Papavrami

 

Arrivé très jeune en France, Tedi Papavrami découvrait un pays et une culture qui lui étaient totalement étrangers. Sa curiosité naturelle et son besoin d'apprivoiser la langue française pour pouvoir faire de ce pays le sien, une grande solitude aussi au départ, l’ont poussé à dévorer les livres, toujours en français : Stendhal, Proust, Flaubert, Dostoïevski, Kafka...

Une curiosité dépassant les frontières, alliée à des exigences intellectuelles et artistiques, lui permettant de franchir la distance entre son domaine d'origine et d'autres horizons, singularisent cet interprète rare dans le monde musical.

En 2000, après la disparition du traducteur albanais Jusuf Vrioni, il reprendra le flambeau de la traduction de l'œuvre d'Ismail Kadaré. Cette échappée dans le monde littéraire se poursuit en 2013 à travers l’écriture de «Fugue pour Violon Seul» aux éditions Robert Laffont. Unanimement salué par la presse, ce récit autobiographique, raconte son parcours d'enfant prodige en Albanie et son passage à l'Ouest, vers la liberté.

L’instrument, qui depuis toujours a fait partie de sa vie lui est transmis à l’âge de 5 ans par son père, brillant professeur. Les progrès de Tedi sont rapides : trois ans plus tard il joue en concert les Airs bohémiens de Sarasate, en compagnie de l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Tirana. À onze ans, il interprète en public le Concerto n°1 de Paganini avec la redoutable cadence d’Emile Sauret.   Le jeune virtuose est invité à Paris, Il y devient l'élève de Pierre Amoyal au Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. Des apparitions dans des émissions de télévision, comme «Le Grand Echiquier» ponctueront cette période ainsi que de nombreux concerts.

A la faveur de plusieurs prix, Tedi entame à partir des années 1990 une carrière de soliste et de musicien de chambre. Il a collaboré en tant que soliste avec des chefs d’orchestre tels que K. Sanderling, A. Papano, A. Jordan, E. Krivine, M. Honeck, F.X. Roth, Th. Fischer, G. Varga, M. Aeschenbacher… En musique de chambre, il est pendant 9 ans membre du Quatuor Schumann : formation avec piano. Il s’est produit en concert avec des partenaires tels que Philippe Bianconi, Nelson Goerner, Maria Joao Pires, Martha Argerich, Gary Hoffman, Marc Coppey, Paul Meyer ou Lawrence Power.

Depuis 2011 il poursuit un travail autour des Sonates et Trios avec piano de Beethoven en compagnie du violoncelliste Xavier Phillips et du pianiste François Frédéric Guy avec lequel il se produit très régulièrement.   Désormais installé à Genève en Suisse, Tedi occupe un poste de professeur de violon à la H.E.M. depuis septembre 2008. Il joue sur un Stradivarius de 1727, Le Reynier, prêté par le groupe Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy.

Tedi Papavrami est Diapason d’Or soliste instrumental de l’année et Choc Classica pour son disque solo consacré à Eugène Ysaÿe..

  

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When Tedi Papavrami arrived in France at a young age, he was faced with a country and a culture that were entirely foreign to him. Moved out of natural curiosity paired with a great yearning to master the French language – and also to overcome initial loneliness – he plunged into reading Stendhal, Proust, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Kafka... all in French.

What makes Tedi a unique and rare musician is his curiosity for what lies beyond borders. Along with his high artistic and intellectual standards, it helps him bridge the immense gap between his original background and new horizons. Therefore, when translator Jusuf Vrioni passed away in 2000, it came as no surprise that Tedi Papavrami took up the task of translating into French the works of Albanian author Ismail Kadare, whom he had known as a child. That incursion into literature also provided him with “a meansof leading a professional existence apart from the violin”. In 2013 he continued in that vein by publishing an account of his own youth, Fugue pour Violon Seul, in French. Unanimously hailed by the press, the book recounts his trajectory as a child prodigy in Albania and his passage to the West and to freedom. Moreover, in 2003, when actress Jeanne Moreau met Tedi in a television programme, she quickly recruited him to play Danceny, the violinist, alongside Catherine Deneuve, Rupert Everett and Nastasja Kinski in Josée Dayan's TV mini-series adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos’s Dangerous Liaisons.

Such a wide range of activities and interests would probably not have been possible without a certain musical precocity coupled with long hours of practice from a very early age. The violin was always part of Tedi’s life. He was introduced to it at the age of five by his father, a brilliant teacher whose long experience in musical instruction had led him to develop a method for training small children. Tedi progressed very rapidly, and within three years he was performing Sarasate's Airs Bohémiens with the Tirana Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of eleven he tackled Paganini's Concerto No. 1 with the fearsome cadenza by Emile Sauret.

The year was 1982. Albania had isolated itself from the rest of the world for decades. French flautist Alain Marion, who had come to give a concert in Tirana, just happened to hear the child prodigy play – and promptly arranged for him to come to Paris with a bursary from the French government. Tedi went on to study with Pierre Amoyal at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and also appeared on popular TV programmes as well as giving concerts at that time.

Having reached the end of his studies by the age of fifteen, Tedi went on perfecting his instrumental and musical development on his own. The Communist regime in Albania punished those family members who had stayed behind with severe sanctions and reprisals that remained in force until the regime fell in 1991. In the meantime, Tedi and his parents had left Paris in order to avoid Albanian embassy officials who were on their tail. Friends helped them settle near Bordeaux.

Tedi Papavrami went on to win several important international prizes. In the 1990‘s he launched his career as soloist and chamber musician. Since then, he has collaborated as concerto soloist with conductors of the likes of Kurt Sanderling, Antonio Pappano, Armin Jordan, Emmanuel Krivine, Manfred Honeck, François-Xavier Roth, Thierry Fischer, Gilbert Varga and M. Aeschenbacher.

He was also a member of the Schumann Quartet (with piano) 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.

Ever 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 (with whom Papavrami makes frequent concert appearances).

Tedi Papavrami plays a Stradivarius loaned by the Louis Vuitton Foundation.

 

 

 

Discographie 

 

Diapason d'or soliste instrumental de l'année 2014 - Choc classica de l'année 2014

Mai 2014 - Nouvel album Ysaÿe - Intégrale des sonates pour violon seul opus 27 et la sonate pour 2 violons avec Svetlin Roussev