Raimonda Koço was born in Fier, Albania in 1954 and began to study the violin at the age of six. After pursuing higher studies and training in Bucharest with Maria Maszalici and Modest Iftinchi she graduated from the Tirana Conservatory in 1977. Whilst in Rumania she was a member of the Collegium Musicum Chamber Orchestra. In 1978 she was appointed as a teacher by the Tirana Conservatory. While still a girl she appeared as a concert soloist and solo recitalist in Albania. Through her recitals, broadcasts, recordings and television appearances she has earned a national reputation. Her repertoire is wide and embraces concertos and sonatas from Bach to Prokofiev, as well as many modern Albanian works.
In August 1991 she appeared in Settrington, York with the Ryedale Festival Orchestra playing the Tchaikovsky violin concerto. Since then she has performed in England programmes including Prokofiev Sonata 1, Zadeja Sonata, Brahms Sonata 1, Beethoven Sonata 5, Bach Solo Sonata 1, Bach Double Concerto in D minor with Alex Afia, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Leeds Youth Orchestra in the Leeds Town Hall (1992), Lutoslawski Chain 2 with the Leeds Music Department University Orchestra (1993). She appeared at the Grassington Festival with the Leeds Sinfonia playing the Bruch Violin Concerto (1994), Malcolm Arnold’s Concerto for two violins with Gent Koco and Harrogate Philharmonic Orchestra (1997), Bach’s Concerto for violin and orchestra in A minor (1998).
Her chamber music repertoire includes Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale and Schonberg’s Pierrot Lunaire (1996), Schubert’s Quintet, The Trout and Schubert’s Octet (1997), Haydn’s Trio No. 1, Shostakovich’s Trio No. 1, Dvorak’s Dumky in E and Frank Bridge’s Trio and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time (2001).
Her teaching career started since she was in her early twenties in the Tirana National Conservatoire and extends over 30 years. Her students persuaded their careers apart from England also in Europe and America. She has been teaching at the University of Leeds since 1993. She works with several orchestras, including English Northern Philharmonia, Opera North, East of England Orchestra, Northern Chamber orchestra and Manchester Camerata. Since January 2002 she became a permanent member of Northern Ballet Orchestra.
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