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Gent Koço - Violinist

 

Albanian born, Gent started to learn the violin at the age of 8 and in 1991 during a time of much political upheaval, he left the country of birth aged 10. Settling in the UK, he continued to study the violin with some of the country's most prominent violin pedagogues including Bill Leary, Catherine Lord, Wen Zhou Li and Itzhak Rashkovsky.

 

Gent now calls Glasgow home where he has been a member of the 1st violins in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO) since 2007. The BBC SSO enjoys regular international tours throughout Europe and Asia performing in some of the world’s most renowned concert halls and festivals.

 

Gent maintains a prominent solo career in both his native Albania and the UK and has performed a number of major orchestral works in the solo violin repertoire including concertos by Mozart, Prokofiev, Bruch and Paganini as well as works by Sarasate, Tchaikovsky, Wienavski and Ravel. A recent highlight was a performance with the Albanian Radio and Television Orchestra in April 2018 to celebrate the 75th birthday of conductor Eno Koço in which Gent performed Ravel’s Tzigane, Nassi’s Four Albanian Dances as well as having the opportunity to collaborate with his sister, soprano Teuta Koço. An avid chamber musician, Gent enjoys collaborating in projects throughout Scotland and Albania with various chamber groups including the Korça Ensemble.

 

Championing Albanian music, Gent has premiered violin works by numerous composers including Thoma Nassi, Vasil Tole, Pjeter Gaci and Thoma Simaku as well as interpreting a number of Albanian Urban Lyric Songs from the 1930s on the violin. Gent is also a lecturer in violin at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in the Junior department.

 

When not playing the violin, Gent particularly enjoys spending time with his young son. Gent also has a passion for restoring historic recordings and, has worked with Albanian musicians to digitally remaster a number of works recorded in Albania during the communist regime including an album by notable tenor Gaqo Cako . These include many ‘banned’ works by western composers which had been hastily recorded in secrecy by prominent musicians of the time.

 

Gent plays on an 1829 violin by French luthier, Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.

 

Biography

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Gent performs Paganini's 4th Violin Concerto with the Albanian Radio and Television Orchestra in 2016