Redi Llupa, Piano
Acclaimed pianist Redi Llupa has distinguished himself performing in important venues throughout Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. His repertoire reaches from Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, and Debussy to Berio, Takemitsu, Messiaen, Lutoslawski, Furrer, Cage, Bejo, and Peçi.
Born in Albania, into a musical family, he initially studied in Tirana with Nadjezhda Porodini. In 2005, Llupa received a merit scholarship to continue his studies at the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy, under the eminent pianist Dario De Rosa (Trio di Trieste), and Alberto Miodini. After graduating from the Boston Conservatory as a student of Max Levinson, Llupa earned a Master’s degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with renowned pianist Menahem Pressler. In 2016 he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at Frost School of Music — University of Miami, where he studied with, and was assistant to the acclaimed virtuoso Santiago Rodriguez.
Throughout the years he has also received meaningful artistic input from Richard Goode, Cyprien Katsaris, André Laplante, Jorge Federico Osorio, and Matti Raekallio.
In June of 2014 Llupa was chosen by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Albania in the United Nations, to perform at the Weill Recital Hall—Carnegie Hall. This marks Llupa’s debut at this prestigious hall, as well as the first time an All-Albanian program is introduced to the New York audience. As an avid advocate for contemporary piano repertoire, Llupa has performed Messiaen’s “Oiseaux Exotiques”, under conductor Gary Green at Gusman Hall (Miami), as well as been part of the New Music scene in Boston, focusing on the performance of Luciano Berio’s works. With the Frost Percussion Ensemble, Llupa recorded Alejandro Viñao’s Water, a sextet for piano and five percussions. He regularly performs at the International Piano Festival “Pianodrom” in Tirana, working closely with Albanian composers in a continuous effort of promoting Albanian contemporary pianistic literature. In October of 2016 he was invited by the composition department at University of North Texas to present a solo recital as part of “Music Now” concerts and hold a lecture on contemporary piano music. Llupa is also a founding member of the Kaleidoscope MusArt Piano Concert Series in Miami, which strives to introduce the audience with programs of rarely-heard compositions. At the center stage of the series is the goal of providing thematic connections between piano repertoires from the Baroque to the most recent 21st century works.
As a chamber musician, Llupa and cellist Juan Sebastian Delgado have performed in Austria, Brazil, Croatia, Italy, Japan, Slovenia, and USA. The duo was awarded first Prize at Ravenna Chamber Music Competition, and the Honors Chamber Music Competition (Boston Conservatory), as well as the Davis Project for Peace—a grant given by the Kathryn Davis foundation in the United States, with the purpose of developing a music curriculum for the children of the favelas in Natal/Mossoro of Rio Grande Do Norte of Brazil. In July of 2015 Llupa was invited by Fundación Batuta Caldas as guest artist and pedagogue in Manizales, Colombia. During this time Llupa assisted to aid the music program in Manizales and also gave workshops and masterclasses in piano performance.
His main concerto appearances include the performance of Bartók`s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Albanian National Opera House Orchestra (2011), and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with the National Radio Television Orchestra of Albania (2015). His Brahms performance earned Mr. Llupa a unanimous nomination for the KULT-Award in Albania as the best instrumentalist of the year (the highest award given for classical performing artists in the country). Llupa performed the same concerto as a guest artist with the Symphonic Orchestra of Cuenca (Ecuador), for the Golden Jubilee of the French Alliance in Cuenca.
Redi Llupa has performed as soloist and chamber musician in numerous prestigious venues such as the Auditorium Parco Della Musica in Rome, Mozarteum of Innsbruck, ACROS Hall in Fukuoka, National Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Tirana, Music Academy of Zagreb, Teatro Rivoltella in Trieste, Auditorium of Ljubljana, Gallery Inn in Puerto Rico, Auer Hall at Indiana University, Gusman Hall at University of Miami, Zankel Music Centre at Skidmore College, and Margaret Comstock Concert Hall in Louisville University. His national and international top prizes include Kengët e Tokës, and EPTA Competitions in Albania, Ohrid Pearls International Piano Competition in Macedonia, International Competition for Young Musicians Città di Barletta, Rome 2004 and the Paolo Spinchich Cup.